Gollum has fled, and Sam confronts Shelob in what must rate as one of the most mismatched battles in the history of Middle Earth. Sam is able to drive Shelob off, showing a beserker-like attitude, and bravery worthy of – or exceeding – heroes such as Hurin and Turin.

The Choices of Master Samwise

However, as Elrond pointed out during the Council, bravery in battle cannot win the way to Mount Doom, and Sam is left with some dark choices if the quest is to be completed.

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