What do you see? #4 “My Precious!”

Gollum learned to train crows in the mountains as an act of desperation and hope. It was done in an effort to have minions who could scour the land in hopes of catching sight of his golden ring,  “Precious.” He carefully climbed trees and absconded with young crow hatchlings, then fed them with insects and minnows found swimming in the cave ponds. With great care and consistency, he taught them not only to search but to speak. This way, if they found “Precious” they would be able to tell Gollum where it was.

When his dozen crows were fully trained, he sent them each in another direction in a daisy fashion, where his cave was the center and each petal radiated out. He sat and waited, which was nothing new for Gollum, as he’d been in his cave for a thousand years before Bilbo Baggins stumbled into it.

Three months after being set out, one of his favorite crows, Binky, landed on the rock outside and began yelling ,“Precious in the lake! Precious in the lake!” Gollum was laughing and jumping up and down. He would finally be reunited with his Precious! Packing a knapsack, soon they were off, Binky flying and Gollum following from below.

Down down down the mountain they went, Gollum trying not to stumble along the way, as the way the crow flies is much quicker than how a Gollum travels. Finally he hit flat land and Gollum loped along until he almost fell into the water of a lake. Binky squawked again, “Precious in the lake! Precious in the lake!”

Gollum looked over what was more a duckweed-coated swamp than a lake and plunged in. Over the centuries, Gollum’s eyes had adapted to seeing in almost pitch dark, regardless of whether he was in or out of the water. He swam with ease among the lily lines, frogs, turtles, and minnows, scouring the floor all the while. Suddenly he spied something shining on the floor in the distance. His webbed feet undulated as he raced through the water to where it lie.

Gollum discovered not his Precious but a golden tooth, still embedded in the jaw of a skull. The rest of the skeleton lay on the floor of the lake as if simply resting. An arrow bobbed slowly in the ribcage of the deceased. Gollum kicked his way to the surface, pried-out tooth in his hand. It wasn’t Precious, but it was pretty. Binky squawked, “Precious!”

The search continued…

Sadje is the host of What do you see?

My story gives a nod to JRR Tolkien books that include Gollum and The Ring.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Thanks a lot Li for this delightful story. Lord of the rings and Hobbit are my favorite too. Love the story.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 So glad you enjoyed it. Thank you.

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      1. Sadje says:

        I did! Thanks again

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  2. My English teacher nicknamed me Gollum, which I later found out was less than complimentary!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL. There is the character Gollum, but there are also Golems, which I’m not sure what they are, but you’re right, not a complimentary nickname! Do you have a nickname for her?

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      1. It was a he, and worse. I’m not sure how he got the nickname of Bondo (a play on bondage) but he had it for years, even before I went to the school. Actually he was a good guy, one of the teachers who got on with pupils,, and my English becaym brilient.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          lol. Bondo, at first I thought you meant that stuff they use to patch up car bodies that have been dented/rusted/etc. A good teacher who understands kids is a rarity from what I’ve seen, and when seen it is a joy to behold.

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  3. Chris Hall says:

    This is wonderful! You transported me back to the Misty Mountains… yesssssssssss 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, glad I could help 🙂

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  4. A bit like the quest for the Holy Grail. You have done Michael Palin proud.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Len thanks! Wouldn’t it be fun to have a trained crow that speaks?

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Beckie! Glad you liked it.

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      1. You’re most certainly welcome!

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  5. Jules says:

    ‘Gollum discovered not his Precious but a golden tooth, still embedded in the jaw of a skull. The rest of the skeleton lay on the floor of the lake as if simply resting. An arrow bobbed slowly in the ribcage of the deceased. Gandalf kicked his way to the surface, pried-out tooth in his hand. It wasn’t Precious, but it was pretty. Binky squawked, “Precious!”’
    Was Gandolf … Gollum? (Some times my eyes get crossed and my T’s dotted too!)
    And enjoyable adventure if you are searching for precious things…

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Jules, thanks, typo now corrected!

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  6. Violet Lentz says:

    Fantastic storytelling Jade Li! I was captivated.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Violet thanks! It’s what I saw when I saw the picture 🙂

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