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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Sammath Naur Pt. 5: Gollum Bites, plus jan-u-wine’s “Frodo’s Remembrance of Gollum”.

Posted on 2007.10.08 at 09:49


fordsflappers at 2007-10-12 18:29 (UTC) (Link)
The only true ending for me is the alternative one Tolkien spoke of in his letters: Gollum purposely jumping in and saving the Quest. The ending Tolkien went with completely undercut his point about pity, (I guess it DOESN'T elevate) and if God was going to intervene (shoving in dancing Gollum) he should have done it a hell of a lot sooner and saved everyone the trouble of the whole thing. And if it was Frodo cursing Gollum that made him fall then the Quest was saved only by an act of malignancy (when Quests are achieved through evil actions, Sauron Wins.)

Sorry for the rant. It gets to me. JRR came so close to getting it right.
mechtild at 2007-10-13 02:06 (UTC) (Link)
Maybe I misrepresented what I meant in my account of oaths and curses, Fordslappers. I didn't mean to imply that Gollum died the way he did because Frodo cursed him, but because he had made an oath that couldn't be broken, but broke it. Sorry to be vague, especially after so many words! *emabarrassed*
fordsflappers at 2007-10-14 02:54 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm sorry! I wasn't really referring to anything you wrote. It's just my standard rant on the topic (and Tolkien). It could have been literature's greatest redemption story. Sigh.
mechtild at 2007-10-14 03:35 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I see.
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