Ch. 12 – The Blooding

The Blooding

POV – Bilbo/Frodo

In which someone gets Rory’s goat, Bilbo recites a poem about flower and fruit, wolves are noticed in Northfarthing, and a rat, a snake and a badger have a little chat.

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Wintermark begins in earnest and the family is (temporarily, I’m sure) on relatively good behavior.

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Ch. 11 – Preparations

Preparations

POV – Bilbo/Frodo (In each of the next five chapters, the POV starts with Bilbo and shifts back to Frodo.)

In which Bilbo ponders tradition and Frodo ponders obedience.

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So, if the last chapter was about the loss of history, what do hobbits remember of their cultural past? Less with each generation.

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Party Line

There are many misapprehensions about what a mass political party does and how it delivers votes to candidates and political goods to constituents. This is becoming clear as I observe the floundering of the Sandernista “Our Revolution” types, but it’s worth working out. Consider this more a PSA than anything, though I will take some swipes at the stupid along the way.

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Ch. 10 – Hedge and Bridge

Hedge and Bridge

POV – Bilbo

In which an axe is named, Sara’s ribs are mentioned, salt is pondered, and the history of the Dwarves and the Elves is recounted.

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Hobbits have a hard time with history. In JRRT’s account of them, they were relatively recent comers to Arthedain, having long been nomads.

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Wonder Woman

A peculiar thing is happening in the American press and throughout the social media that I follow.

Everything is the fault of the Democrats (and/or liberals in general) for happening, and everything is the responsibility of the Democrats/liberals to repair. This is not a new demand, though it has risen to a roar since the orange shitgibbon clawed out the EC victory last November. I’m a steadfast Hillary supporter, so you can imagine my volcanic rage at the abuse being heaped upon her head, but the sentiment encompasses more than just her. She is a focus, but the not the phenomenon itself.

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