Today's Date in the Shire
Fun and Games
Walk to Rivendell
Malbeth the Seer
The Black Gate is Closed
Gollum leads them to a hollow on the edge of the Ephel Duath, a mere furlong from one of the two towers known as of the Teeth of Mordor, and within sight of the stone rampart built across the Haunted Pass and the Morranon, the black gate of Sauron's land. They despair and Frodo determines to enter Mordor all the same.
Gollum begs Frodo to take another way into Mordor instead. Frodo warns Gollum that the creature is in danger of falling to the call of the Ring. Frodo tells the creature that the Ring will hold him to his promis but that "..it will seek a way to twist it to your undoing." Sam watches in wonder at Frodo's strong demeanor in dealing with Gollum in the matter of the Ring.
Gollum tells them that there is a way, a little path up the mountains, past the tower of Minas Ithil. It was this way that he "escaped" from Mordor long ago. Gollum tells them that all ways are watched, but some less than others. Frodo and Sam are suspicious, but can think of no better course. That night, they see and feel the presence of the Black Riders, flying in the air high above. They watch as armies from the South go to the muster of Mordor.
Frodo gets a small respite from his despair and weariness when Sam recites the poem of the Oliphaunt. Sam wonders if he will ever see one, since the great beasts were said to live in the South. Frodo decides he will trust Gollum a third time, and will follow him to his secret path into Mordor.