Yes, a rather lengthy wait for an update. Sorry about that. This chapter was evil.
I don't for a minute assume that he's alive. ...Whatever he is, it's my guess he's not human. That's my opinion, at least!
Good guess - won't say more than that, but good guess.
The whole chapter was a portrait of despair, in fact. It downright hurt to read Frodo's agony while climbing through Mordor, but that was the point wasn't it?
Pretty much. Honestly, he probably should be dead, but there are forces at work, etc.
And I doubly appreciated the moments when he stopped to appreciate and wonder at Sam's presence.
Oh good. That part was really tricky to pull off. I needed it, but I am still not certain it was the best way to write it. I just couldn't find another way! But I'm pleased that it seems to have struck the right note regardless of all the trials and travails it gave me.
Hopefully, the next update will come sometime in May, after the semester is over. We'll see. I swear, getting through Mordor is almost as hard for me as it is for Frodo...