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Second Chances  by Larner

Cue 16:  Meeting or exceeding limitations    

Lingering Too Long

            “But, if Gollum began as a Hobbit, how could he have carried the Ring for five centuries?  We Hobbits don’t live so long!”

            Gandalf sought to explain.  “Such is the nature of the great Rings.  They cause their bearers, if mortal, to live longer than is natural.  Those who wore the Rings wrought for Dwarves gave them to their heirs when they wearied, and thus were able to die near their proper times.  But the One Ring doesn’t release Its bearers as did the Dwarven ones.  I doubt Gollum will be able to die until It is destroyed.”

            Pippin shuddered.

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