Gollum's Plan

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Gollum's Plan
Scene from
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Scene number51 (theatrical)
66 (extended)
Duration 02:25 (theatrical)
02:24 (extended)
Event Frodo and Sam continue their journey to the Stairs of Cirith Ungol
Gollum plots to retake the Ring
Characters Gollum
Frodo, Sam
"The Battle for Middle-earth is About to Begin"
The Finding of the Ring

Gollum's Plan is the fifty-first scene of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and the sixty-sixth scene of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (extended edition).


Gollum slinks a short distance away from Frodo and Sam. As the two hobbits call out for him, he struggles with himself about the treatment he received at the hands of Faramir and his men. Sméagol whimpers "Master looks after us", while Gollum says Frodo betrayed them and the two hobbits should be killed, and the Ring retrieved. Sméagol voices his fear that Sam knows of their villainy, and that it would be too risky to kill them.

As Frodo and Sam come nearer, Gollum says thoughtfully "We could let her do it", to which Sméagol eagerly agrees.

And then we takes it once they're dead.

Smiling, Gollum comes out from the tree he was hiding behind and says to Frodo and Sam they have a long way to go on their journey yet and that "Sméagol will show you the way".


A broader point of divergence between the films and the book is the plan of Gollum. In this scene, Gollum and Sméagol together agree at this point to kill the hobbits and take the Ring back for themselves. In the book however, a passage in the chapter "The Stairs of Cirith Ungol", where Gollum returns to find Frodo and Sam asleep during their journey up the stairs, suggests that Gollum had second thoughts about leading the two hobbits to Shelob,[1] even at this late stage.