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Smeagol's revenge (fan fiction - but only 240 words!)

noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 10 2013, 3:41pm

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Gollum, dancing like a mad thing, help aloft the Ring, a finger still thrust within its circle. It shone now as if verily it was wrought of living fire. He shouted, but amidst the roar of the fires below, and the shrieking of voices in his head, he knew not what he was saying - was it Run, Master! He sees us!! Or was it only Precious, precious, precious! O, my Precious!? Impressions beat down upon his exhausted and bewildered senses - Gollum dancing in demented triumph; the Ring shrieking with the malice and rage of its true master, and the onrushing cold presence of his Nazgul. In the leaping fiery light there were wraiths coming for the Ring, and torturers crowding in with hot irons and never-ending questions - or was it only the shadows of Frodo sobbing on his knees, and Sam grimly staggering down the passage towards them? And everywhere, as always for so long, every shade was Deagol's face.

But suddenly, for just an instant, Smeagol was free of them all and knew what he must do. A strange look of insight, determination and deep peace came over his face - at odds with Gollum's cavorting. In the moment before Gollum was aware of the danger, Smeagol stepped them back over the brink. They wavered for a moment on the edge as Gollum struggled frantically, and then with a shriek they toppled and fell into the depths.


I guess most readers here will see that this is an adaptation of part of the Mount Doom chapter of LOTR. Frodo has taken it to the brink of the fire on Mount Doom intending to throw it into the one fire which can destroy it. He's then unable to cast it in: Frodo instead puts the Ring on and claims it for his own - which reveals him to Sauron, and causes an urgent dispatch of the Nazgul away from fighting Aragorn to capturing Frodo the Upstart Dark Lord. But Gollum also wanting the Ring, jumps him, and seizes the Ring by biting off Frodo's finger. The most obvious reading of Tolkien's text, which told from Sam's point of view, is then that Gollum simply overbalances into the fire during his victory dance (with a side order of this perhaps being destiny, or a playing out of Frodo earlier telling Gollum earlier in the chapter"If you touch me ever again, you shall be cast yourself into the Fire of Doom"). Either way, it is Gollum, not Frodo, who finally accomplishes the Ring's destruction. Deagol, you may remember, is Smeagol's companion on a fishing trip - Deagol finds the Ring but then Smeagol murders him for it. This murder haunts Smeagol during the rest of his life. Smeagol's sense of finding a moment of self-possession between the forces beating on him is also intended to recall Frodo's experience of putting the Ring on at Amon Hen.

Nah, I don't really believe Smeagol could really rally his sense of self and destroy the Ring on purpose as I've depicted here- not after so long, and especially not holding the Ring once more and standing on Mt Doom. It's not at all what I think "really happened". But I kinda liked trying this scene from inside Smeagol's head (as opposed to Gollum's head), and seeing if I could give Smeagol an heroic moment, finally realizing that taking the Ring meant either back to the torture chamber, or at best a better-appointed cave to be miserable in. Instead he decides to both get his revenge on his various torturers, and to save Middle-earth.

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


CuriousG
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Sep 10 2013, 5:27pm

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Nicely done, Wiz, especially "And everywhere, as always for so long, every shade was Deagol's face."

Gandalf told Frodo that there was a tiny part of Smeagol left inside Gollum, and Frodo had drawn that part out a bit before they reached Shelob. It's intriguing to think if that surviving part of Smeagol could make one last attempt to gain control when Gollum was distracted by delirium. I'd like to think that the hobbit in Gollum would do the right thing after witnessing all the wrong things Gollum had done and become for centuries.

Or if he didn't do the right thing for the right reasons, he was lucid enough to know he'd be imprisoned/killed and have the Ring taken from him, which would be torture enough. Better to die with it than without it.

And whatever version I read, I don't like Gollum, but I'm oddly sympathetic for his yearning for the Ring for decades and finally getting it back for a moment. Maybe it's because he's become such a wretched, tortured creature, or some other reason, but I really do want him to get the Ring back. Not that I want him to keep it and do harm with it, but I'd just like to see that his own quest for it was not entirely futile.



noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 10 2013, 6:23pm

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Maybe Smeagol saved up his remaining energies for one desperate ambush on Gollum, and realized this was the moment. Or, given that Tolkien hints broadly that Higher Powers are involved in this, maybe the Higher Powers turn down the gain in Smeagol's overdriven head for a moment: let Smeagol's life flash before him and let him see that it stinks and is only likely to get worse, then give him a moment to choose freely... The theological implications of that might be complex (god-assisted suicide?), but then so is the more canonical idea that the Higher Power helps a triumphant Gollum step back too far off a crumbling edge - pretty close to pushing him off, if you think about it.

Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"


CuriousG
Valinor


Sep 10 2013, 7:11pm

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Your scenario reminds me of when Frodo wore the Ring on Amon Hen, and Sauron was close to finding him. Gandalf intervened and was able to neutralize the Dark Lord's reach, while urging Frodo to "take it off, you fool!" (which I always find rather rude), but it was still up to Frodo to use his own free will while perfectly balanced between good & evil. I think it could have played out that way with Smeagol also, with Eru or Varda or someone countering Sauron/The One's influence to give Smeagol an instant of free will to make a choice.


noWizardme
Tol Eressea


Sep 10 2013, 8:32pm

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Disclaimers: The words of noWizardme may stand on their heads! I'm often wrong about things, and its fun to be taught more....

"nowimė I am in the West, Furincurunir to the Dwarves (or at least, to their best friend) and by other names in other lands. Mostly they just say 'Oh no it's him - look busy!' "
Or "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"

 
 

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