I have nightmares like this chapter. Impossibly steep steps, winding trails going through mountains -- but usually someone's chasing me in those dreams, and at least no one's directly chasing Frodo and Sam here. Still, it's very tense and nail-biting-inducing.
And I'm very sad over the moment where Gollum comes up to the sleeping Frodo and is almost a hobbit-like creature again, quiet and old and pitiable. And then Sam wakes up and speaks less-than-kindly too him and, without knowing it, pretty much sets Gollum's feet irretrievably on the path to doom and giant spiders. Phooey.
Frodo and Sam were plodding along with heavy hearts, no longer able to care greatly about their peril (p. 688).
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Can you believe we're only two chapters away from the end of the book? This went a lot faster than I was expecting, to be honest!