Written by Mr. Mouseburger 2nd Jan 2006
Kindly submitted by Roadkill
Although Gollum pledged loyalty to Frodo, his one love; the One Ring has driven him mad. The final encounter is between Gollum, Sam and Frodo and is dramatically set on the slopes of Mount Doom.
"Clever Hobbits, to climb so high!" Gollum spits at them and he jumps on Sam, pulling his hair. Sam, who was carrying Frodo up the slope, rolls down the hill where he drops Frodo, before hitting his head on a rock. Frodo scrambles to help Sam, but he is forced down by Gollum and choked. Sam recovers quickly though and picks up a rock and strikes Gollum on the head. This forces Gollum to release his grip on Frodo, who gasps for air.
Sam throws himself on Gollum, and they roll farther down the hill. Gollum breaks free and bites Sam's neck. He retreats a short distance and comes in again. This time Sam unsheathes his sword and slashes Gollum's gut. He yelps in pain and inadvertently falls down the cliff.
During this fight, Frodo has managed to make one last gargantuan effort to destroy the Ring and runs up the slope to the doorway. As Sam arrives he notices Frodo holding the Ring in his hand, stroking it and speaking to it. They go through a brief talk and finally Frodo turns and says,"The Ring is mine!"
"NO!!" yells Sam as Frodo puts on the Ring and becomes invisible. From the background, Gollum appears behind Sam with a very large rock. He smacks Sam's head with it and Sam falls to the ground in a daze, while Gollum tries to find Frodo.
He notices the footprints Frodo is making and leaps into the air and wraps himself around Frodo. In the struggle Gollum gets the upper hand, he grabs Frodo's left hand and what appears to be a finger, and then bites down. He twists and turns and finally a breaking noise can be heard. Frodo becomes visible and clutches his hand in agony. Gollum, meanwhile, pulls a finger out of the Ring's loop and holds it up. He looks at it in disbelief. For 60 years Gollum has searched for the Ring. However, his triumph is short lived. Frodo rises and struggles for possession of the Ring with Gollum, which culminates in them both toppling off the ledge.
Frodo manages to hold tight to a ledge; Gollum is less fortunate. He plunges down the chasm, all the while focusing on the Ring. His body hits the molten rock and he stares in disbelief at the Ring until his hand is burned to pieces.