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Legolas thought it was

FarFromHome
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Mar 3 2013, 3:27pm


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a deliberately planned rescue:
"When the battle was over, we found that Gollum was gone, and his guards were slain or taken. It then seemed plain to us that the attack had been made for his rescue, and that he knew of it beforehand. How that was contrived we cannot guess; but Gollum is cunning, and the spies of the Enemy are many." (The Council of Elrond)
I must say I'd never thought about the logistics (or the logic) of this "rescue" before noWizardme brought it up, but when you come to look at the details we're given, I think you have to work with the idea that this appeared to be planned by someone, although who isn't very clear. Legolas goes on:
"The dark things that were driven out in the year of the Dragonís fall have returned in greater numbers, and Mirkwood is again an evil place, save where our realm is maintained."
I suppose the "dark things" must belong to Sauron, if they are the same ones that have "returned" since the days of The Hobbit. We never get a clear look at the "spies of the Enemy", although I recall that Aragorn hints darkly at one point that not all the birds can be trusted. So perhaps the "how" isn't too hard to answer, but we are still left with "why".

I'll guess that Sauron wanted Gollum freed again 1) so that he could carry on looking for Baggins and generally causing trouble ("He could work much mischief still, if he were free," says Aragorn, before he hears Legolas' news), and 2) perhaps to prevent Gandalf or anyone else extracting any further information from him.

They went in, and Sam shut the door.
But even as he did so, he heard suddenly,
deep and unstilled,
the sigh and murmur of the Sea upon the shores of Middle-earth.
From the unpublished Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings


Subject User Time
Gollum escapes them all noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Mar 1 2013, 10:05pm
    My theory CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Mar 1 2013, 10:29pm
        Nothing quite adds up.... noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Mar 2 2013, 8:01am
            the Mirkwood Minutemen PhantomS Send a private message to PhantomS Mar 3 2013, 9:50am
    Rescuing Gollum wasn't the intention Mim Send a private message to Mim Mar 3 2013, 10:19am
        Legolas thought it was FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Mar 3 2013, 3:27pm
            Fiasco rather than rescue? noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Mar 3 2013, 3:37pm
                It's only a fiasco FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Mar 3 2013, 4:59pm
                    True! Success for any rescue (as opposed to capture or recapture). Fiasco for the elves.// noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Mar 3 2013, 5:30pm
                        vote for your favourite theory! noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Mar 3 2013, 6:44pm
            Legolas asks the right question Mim Send a private message to Mim Mar 3 2013, 11:54pm
                Yes we only have Legolas' guesswork here FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Mar 7 2013, 10:02am
    Mirkwood vs Lorien as a Gollum Prison sevilodorf Send a private message to sevilodorf Mar 5 2013, 2:14am
        Lorien is a closed realm. Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Mar 5 2013, 8:27am
            Mirkwood was always the intended prison, it seems FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Mar 5 2013, 10:19am

 
 
 

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