I just thought of another reason why Frodo would dare travel through a spider infested pass. He was carrying 'Sting, the bane of the Mirkwood spiders'.Cirith Ungol in Sindarin means 'pass of the spider' or, more literally, 'spider pass.' Now why would Frodo (who knew elvish, at least to some degree--I think it safe to assume that he had heard ungol before) travel into something called Pass of the Spider? Did he know what awaited him?
I think he can be forgiven for misjudging the size and number of the eight-legged critters.nn[Edited on 2/6/2003 by Grondmaster]'If Uncle Bilbo could stand up to spiders, by golly, so can I.'
- this undocumented statement by Frodo, most probably can be attributed to one Grondmaster of Planet-Tolkien.com
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