In a message dated 8/2/2005 1:16:03 PM Central Daylight Time,
At 09:09 AM 8/2/2005 -0400, Grace Monk wrote:
>Wrong decision? Now you've lost me. If he hadn't taken the ring and left
>Frodo, what would have happened? The complete failure of the quest and his
>Frodo's death (at best) at the hand of the orcs. Sam made the right decision.
Didn't you read the rest of the chapter?
Here's Sam changing his mind when he still thinks it wrong to do so:
"I can't help it. My place is by Mr. Frodo. They must understand that --
Elrond and the Council and the great Lords and Ladies with all their
wisdom. Their plans have gone wrong. I can't be their Ring-bearer. Not
without Mr. Frodo."
And here he is realizing that changing his mind had been the right thing to
"I got it all wrong! I knew I would. Now they've got him, the devils; the
filth! Never leave your master, never, never: that was my right rule. And
I knew it in my heart. May I be forgiven! Now I've got to get back to
him. Somehow, somehow!"
And since you were so kind to quote JRRT's beautiful words to me, I will
return the favor:
"They've taken everything, Sam," said Frodo. "Everything I had. Do you
understand? Everything!" He cowered on the floor again with bowed head, as his own
words brought home to him the fullness of the disaster, and despair overwhelmed
him. "The quest has failed, Sam. Even if we get out of here, we can't escape.
Only Elves can escape. Away, away out of Middle-earth, far away over the Sea.
If even that is wide enough to keep the Sahdow out."
"No, not everything, Mr. Frodo. And it hasn't failed, not yet. I took it, Mr.
Frodo, begging your pardon. And I've kept it safe."
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