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J.R.R. Tolkien's The Return of the King CED


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Sam Orc

Sam Climbs the Tower

Sam confronts an orc on the tower stairs who flees before the power of the ring (Side 1, 32:27).

"His will was too weak and slow to restrain his hand. It dragged at the chain and
clutched the Ring. But Sam did not put it on; for even as he clasped it to his
breast, an orc came clattering down. Leaping out of a dark opening at the right,
it ran towards him. It was no more than six paces from him when, lifting its
head, it saw him; and Sam could hear its gasping breath and see the glare in its
bloodshot eyes. It stopped short aghast. For what it saw was not a small
frightened hobbit trying to hold a steady sword: it saw a great silent shape,
cloaked in a grey shadow, looming against the wavering light behind; in one hand
it held a sword, the very light of which was a bitter pain, the other was
clutched at its breast, but held concealed some nameless menace of power and

    - LOTR Book VI: The Tower of Cirith Ungol

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