Frodo and Sam make their way towards Mordor.
They suddenly feel alone and vulnerable and are aware that they are being followed. They decide to take the initiative and they capture Gollum.
Frodo makes Gollum promise by the Ring itself, to guide them to
Mordor. He agrees with the hope that he will be able to regain “his precious” during the journey.
They must cross the Dead Marshes wherein lie the bodies of those killed in
battles long ago, their faces can still be seen just below the surface of the water.
Gollum has been this way many times, and without him, Frodo and Sam would have become hopelessly lost. They have sufficient supplies if these are rationed, but Gollum will not partake in their food, and he disappears to find his own food, which would no doubt turn the stomachs of the two Hobbits.
They eventually arrive at the Black Gate of Mordor, Morannon, but it is well
guarded and they will not be able to gain access to the Dark Land by this entrance.
Gollum says he knows of another secret way, and it is called the Pass of Cirith Ungol. This brings them back into territory still controlled by Gondor, and they are captured by Faramir, Boromir’s brother, although Gollum is not apprehended as he is on one of his hunting trips at the time.
Just after their capture, they observe a battle between the Men of Gondor
and some of Sauron’s allies from the south, who use Oliphaunts much to Sam’s amazement.
He has heard of these giant gray creatures in old songs and stories, but never thought to see one in the flesh. The Men are successful in the battle and afterwards they return to their secret hiding place behind a waterfall.
Faramir is amazed to see the Halflings, especially as he dreamt about them,
which prompted his brother, Boromir going north to Rivendell. Faramir already knows of the death of his brother, but uses this fact in trying to trick Frodo into revealing the nature of his quest.
Although Frodo steers clear of revealing this, he does reveal that Aragorn, heir to the Throne of Gondor is returning home to claim his crown.
Gollum is also captured by Faramir’s men and at first they want him
imprisoned for being a spy of the enemy, but then they make him renew his promise to guide Frodo and Sam towards Cirith Ungol.
Soon the three are on their own again heading towards the Dark Pass, but
Gollum has a plan to betray the two Hobbits and regain the Ring.
There resides in the Pass a huge spider, Shelob, which will consume the Hobbits, but leave the Ring alone. We will study this chapter in detail later.
Frodo is paralyzed by Shelob and his body is taken by Orcs to the Tower.
Sam has taken the Ring from Frodo thinking him dead, but then overhears the Orcs saying that Shilob only paralyses her victims. Sam, therefore, decides to forego destroying the Ring and rescue his master.