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J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Lord of the Rings | The Two Towers (Book 4, Chapter 7) : Journey to the Cross-Roads | Summary

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The next morning, Faramir, Frodo, and Sam join in a farewell breakfast. He gives them some advice and some gifts, including food for their journey and walking sticks. Then he has his Men lead Frodo, Sam, and Gollum—all blindfolded—away to continue on their quest.

The three journey for several days, once more walking by night and hiding by day. Gollum begins disappearing for hours at a time, and Sam becomes even more suspicious of and irritated by him. One day, as they are resting, Gollum suddenly tells them they must "go at once." He leads them to a crossroad, at which they must take the path leading to Cirith Ungol.

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A lovely bit of foreshadowing occurs in this chapter. As Frodo, Sam, and Gollum head toward the crossroad, they come upon a statue of a king. It has been defaced with a red eye and is in disrepair due to years of weather. The head has fallen or been knocked off, and around its head has grown a vining flower, a "trailing plant with flowers like small white stars had bound itself across the brows as if in reverence for the fallen king." Frodo exclaims, "the king has got a crown again!" This echoes the verses written for Aragorn: "the crownless again shall be king," and suggests the coronation of Aragorn as king of Gondor.

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