Gollum eventually left the Misty Mountains and pursued Bilbo a few years later, but the trail was cold. He made his way south into Mordor where all evil was being drawn at the time, discovering the secret stair located near Minas Morgul and surviving an encounter with Shelob. He was captured on his return and taken to the enemy’s stronghold and forced to reveal under intense torture what he knew about the Ring. Gollum was then strangely freed, as he shows no particular loyalty towards Sauron, but caught by Aragorn, and interrogated by Gandalf, who placed him in the care of the Silvan Elves living in Thranduil’s kingdom in Mirkwood. Assisted by Orcs he escaped the elves, and slipped out to search for for the Shire. He passed through Moria, but could not make it out of the East gate. He was stuck and waiting, but got lucky when the Fellowship passed through.
Gollum met and started following the Fellowship in Moria, and was spotted and heard by Frodo several times during that journey. The Fellowship was divided when Gandalf disappeared while fighting a Balrog. Gollum continued following the remaining members of the Fellowship. It is unknown how he crossed the Bridge of Khazad-dum, but he came with them to Lorien without their knowing. Gollum followed their boats down Anduin to Rauros and pursued Frodo and Sam across the Emyn Muil when they decided to make the journey to Mordor on their own. Gollum followed them, but after a confrontation with Sam in which Frodo finally stopped him and threatened to kill him with Sting, which Gollum recognized from his encounters with Bilbo.
Frodo decided it best to tie a rope around Gollum’s neck for a leash, but the mere touch of the rope pained him. Taking pity on the wretched creature, Frodo made Gollum swear to help them. Agreeing to the oath, Gollum swore by the “Precious” itself and Frodo released him. The three of them then made their way to the Black Gate of Mordor. Upon arriving the Black Gate they found it well guarded, Gollum convinced them if they went this way they would surely be caught and Sauron would regain the Ring. Gollum knew of another way farther to the South, another way into Mordor that was safer.
We shall pick up in the next episode and find out what happens with the journey to the South and supposed safer entrance into Mordor.
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