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Apr 7 2008, 4:51pm

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that isn't quite the way I read it:

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Pippin agrees, and then claims that that is the real reason Frodo is delaying: he knows they won’t let him go to Mordor alone, and he wouldn’t ask anyone to go with him (and he turns out to be right).

Pippin thinks Frodo is delaying because he doesn't want to have to try to convince his friends to let him go on such a dangerous road. And he also thinks that Frodo is hesitating to ask for companions. At least, that's how these words of Pippin's come across to me:

"He knows we shan't agree to his going east. And he doesn't like to ask anyone to go with him, poor old fellow...."

I think that is one of the things that has made Frodo put off this moment - he knows that his friends will try to persuade him to take the easier road. They will try to make him believe that Minas Tirith is a better bet, and that he'd be perfectly justified in putting off the trip to Mordor until they have a better idea of how the war is going. Something, anything, along these lines would certainly be very tempting at a time like this - and Frodo doesn't want to allow himself to be tempted.

And it's not the fear of asking for companions that is eating at Frodo, it's the fear that they will want to come, and that if he accepts their offer he would be responsible for their deaths. Only Sam has figured that last part out, I think, which is why he insists to Frodo that not going to Mordor would "be the death of me", so Frodo can't save his life that way! And, by showing that he'd rather drown than be left behind, he underlines the point quite spectacularly! Wink

...and the sails were drawn up, and the wind blew,
and slowly the ship slipped away down the long grey firth;
and the light of the glass of Galadriel that Frodo bore
glimmered and was lost.

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Breaking of the Fellowship part 5 Milady Send a private message to Milady Apr 5 2008, 12:47am
    Ok, I'll try a few of these... Laerasëa Send a private message to Laerasëa Apr 5 2008, 4:03am
    Thoughts. Curious Send a private message to Curious Apr 5 2008, 3:12pm
    I'm reminded of Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Apr 5 2008, 7:49pm
        This council, however, is incomplete. Curious Send a private message to Curious Apr 5 2008, 8:11pm
            a variation on a theme, maybe Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Apr 6 2008, 1:47pm
                Contrasting variations, then. Curious Send a private message to Curious Apr 7 2008, 1:02pm
                    By definition Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Apr 8 2008, 5:17pm
                        I agree. Curious Send a private message to Curious Apr 8 2008, 7:40pm
                        Nice point about the “Big Picture”. // N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Mar 22 2009, 9:03am
        That's interesting Milady Send a private message to Milady Apr 5 2008, 10:08pm
    Collapse sador Send a private message to sador Apr 5 2008, 9:58pm
    Panic in the Ranks Dreamdeer Send a private message to Dreamdeer Apr 6 2008, 11:58pm
    One thing FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Apr 7 2008, 4:51pm
    Well Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Apr 8 2008, 6:12pm


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