This last "Gorgoroth Revisted" post features the conclusion of the widescreen "I can carry you" screencaps, plus jan-u-wine's short but very powerful poem, The Last Hours.
The book excerpt is also short, but, similarly, shows Tolkien's genius. It hasn't many words, but it has import. It gives a good sense of the short way left before them, and Sam's surge of hope at the sight of it. An earlier book passage, included in the last entry, best illustrates the caps of Sam heaving Frodo over his shoulder. (Not quite "pig-a-back" as recounted in the book, but very affecting all the same.) The scoring for that moment, in which a statement of the expansive "Into the West" theme is heard for the first time, is perfection.
Book scene from Mount Doom.
[Sam] looked back, and then he looked up; and he was amazed to see how far his last effort had brought him. The Mountain standing ominous and alone had looked taller than it was. Sam saw now that it was less lofty than the high passes of the Ephel Dúath which he and Frodo had scaled. (…) As he looked up he saw plainly a path or road. It climbed like a rising girdle from the west and wound snakelike about the Mountain, until before it went round out of view it reached the foot of the cone upon its eastern side.
Sam could not see the course immediately above him, where it was lowest, for a steep slope went up from where he stood; but he guessed that if he could only struggle on just a little way further up, they would strike this path. A gleam of hope returned to him. They might conquer the Mountain yet. ‘Why, it might have been put there a-purpose!’ he said to himself. ‘If it wasn’t there, I’d have to say I was beaten in the end.’
The path was not put there for the purposes of Sam. He did not know it, but he was looking at Sauron’s Road from Barad-dûr to the Sammath Naur, the Chambers of Fire.
Film Scene from the theatrical version of The Return of the King.
Frodo: (Speaking with difficulty.) No, Sam, I can't recall the taste of food. Nor the sound of water, or the touch of grass. I'm naked in the dark. There's nothing—no veil— between me and the wheel of fire. I can see him with my waking eyes!
Sam: Then let us be rid of It, once and for all. Come on, Mr. Frodo. I can't carry It for you, but I can carry you. Come on!
Sam hoists Frodo over his shoulder and struggles up the mountainside.
The Last Hours
~ by jan-u-wine
I know now:
must not know
in these last hours,
as you imagine,
So I smile
and tell a tale
in this age-long Dark,
of fair sunlight
in far-away lands.
I will pull you,
as ever can be.
And when you can no longer
nor step forward,
why, then ,
I shall carry you.
is caged within its final terror,
the burden of your body
will be naught to bear.
When stubborn determination
your failing soul,
it entered mine:
I know now:
I am not here
Pierre Vinet's publicity photo for this scene:
Fullscreen version of this scene:
Entries in the ‘Gorgoroth Revisited’ series:
~ Gorgoroth Revisited 1a: “None Left”.
~ Gorgoroth Revisited 1b: ‘No Return Journey’.
~ Gorgoroth Revisited Pt. 2: Frodo falls, plus jan-u-wine’s “Where You Are Bound”.
~ Gorgoroth Revisited Pt. 3a: ‘Do you remember the Shire’, plus jan-u-wine’s “Another Sunless Dawn”.
~ Gorgoroth Revisited Pt. 3b: ‘Let us be rid of it’, plus jan-u-wine’s “The Last Hours”.
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