+JMJ+ Gollum's softer side . . . which Sam never truly saw.
Yes. Though I would say it is the one moment of no "side" to Gollum - not even the serving Frodo side in which both had a strange understanding and providential mystical communication. It is the Gollum that even Frodo didn't see - that is, didn't see so evidenced, face to face, though for which Frodo held hope for seeing. And I would even say Sam too, in his particular way.I think both Frodo and Sam saw in that they both retained a capacity for seeing that Gollum was not beyond redemption. Sam had it, and one of the instances in which this is most shown is when the elven rope is tied on Gollum, and Frodo sees that Sam had tied it very very gently, and that he was far gentler than his words. Also when Sam converses with Gollum about the herbs and stewed rabbit.Oh my word, I'm such a Tolkien nerd.
Of things on which to nerd, Tolkien is among the very best.
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