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smile - Golden cart Frodo

MEFA nominations final: jan-u-wine a nominee

Posted on 2010.06.16 at 22:56


antane at 2010-07-14 22:40 (UTC) (Link)
That's why I wasn't counting Sam's I love you. :)

But yes, he did have a lot to do with Smeagol's death (though nothing with Gollum's) but not everything. It was really Smeagol who made the final decision, or had it made for him, since even though he had recovered from the terrible blow at the Forbidden Pool when he thought himself betrayed, he chose not to continue his journey toward the light anymore after the Stairs. Tolkien has some interesting comments about this in one of his letters that I read recently that if Smeagol had recovered from Sam's words and chosen to continue in his love for Frodo which would have strengthened daily, it still would not have been enough to overcome the Ring. Tolkien speculated however that it may have been enough to have Smeagol voluntarily sacrifice himself by leaping into the Fire with the Ring to save Frodo. In the real story, in the end it was Smeagol's choice or nonchoice (like Frodo at the Fire claiming the Ring was a nonchoice) that determined his death and the going forward to betrayal to Shelob. But think of the great good that came out of that betrayal - even though Sam had to endure the torment of his beloved's apparent death, there was no other way he would taken the Ring himself which enabled him to have a window into the agony of both his master and Smeagol which enabled his pity for Gollum at the precise moment it was needed which enabled Frodo's salvation at the Fire and saved all of Middle-earth. If the pity of Bilbo ruled the fate of many, it was Sam's pity that ruled the fate of all. I love all this is so interconnected and dependent on our free will choices for good or evil and how God uses them all.

Well it's been swell chatting with you!

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)
jan_u_wine at 2010-07-15 12:42 (UTC) (Link)
JRR really did hit upon the only scenario that really worked, in terms of bringing all the disparate ends of the story together.

it's been nice talking with you, as well.

take care!

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