'Mr. Frodo, sir!' cried Sam quaking. 'Don't let him hurt me, sir! Don't let him turn me into anything unnatural! My old dad would take on so.'
---the Lord of the Rings
I'm reading the Lord of the Rings. The passage above is from the first book. I don't understand the phrase in the last sentence --"take on so". 😣
Thank you for your help.😊