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Answering the Call  by docmon 3 Review(s)
InklingReviewed Chapter: 6 on 1/23/2006
“Now what?” Sam asked wearily.
“Now, nothing.”

Perhaps the most depressing of the vignettes…with an existential despair in these lines that reminded me of a Beckett play.

Sad though the ending is, it would only have been that much sadder without the intervention of Gollum…for then the final scene would have had Frodo and Sam struggling to the death at the Cracks of Doom.

Author Reply: I must agree, Inkling. I found myself very depressed just thinking about Sam taking the Ring. It was very difficult and seemed to go against much of how I see him. This was the only possible scenario I could see where he would do this.
You're right it would have been much sadder if it came to that sort of ending, but I think Gollum still has his part to play in this saga.

LarnerReviewed Chapter: 6 on 1/21/2006
Except in this scenario those words are true, and not the acceptance that the quest was done and now were they also. How terribly grievous. But, yes, I too have seen this temptation used on Sam.

Author Reply: I did think this sort of temptation made the most sense with Sam, and kept closest to book canon as well. It was hard to write Sam's, partly because it was so depressing to think of Sam succumbing to the Ring. It was a struggle sometimes. It's a near thing, too, because Sam did it all for the right reasons. A case of the wrong action for the right reasons, I'm afraid.
Thanks so much for all your reviews!

cherReviewed Chapter: 6 on 1/21/2006
Oh, no !!!!!! :(

Author Reply: Oh, yes, cher. It all just falls apart. Quite depressing I'm afraid, even to write it!

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