Sam offers to carry the One Ring for Frodo
Event Type: Artifacts
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: March 23, 3019
An event in the prelude to the Destruction of the One Ring; see that entry for an overview:
'I can't manage it, Sam,' [Frodo] said. 'It is such a weight to carry, such a weight.'
Sam knew before he spoke, that it was vain, and that such words might do more harm than good, but in his pity he could not keep silent. 'Then let me carry it a bit for you, Master,' he said. 'You know I would, and gladly, as long as I have any strength.'
A wild light came into Frodo's eyes. 'Stand away! Don't touch me!' he cried. 'It is mine, I say. Be off!' His hand strayed to his sword-hilt. But then quickly his voice changed. 'No, no, Sam,' he said sadly. 'But you must understand. It is my burden, and no one else can bear it. It is too late now, Sam dear. You can't help me in that way again. I am almost in its power now. I could not give it up, and if you tried to take it I should go mad.'
Sam nodded. 'I understand,' he said. 'But I've been thinking, Mr. Frodo, there's other things we might do without. Why not lighten the load a bit?'
The Return of the King, LoTR Book 6, Ch 3, Mount Doom
Elena Tiriel 22Aug06