The Rascal – Bilbo POV
In which tremors are felt, stories are told, pipes are a problem and a mystery presents itself.
Children know more than adults like to think.
A bit more of Bilbo’s back story comes out when he meets the gathered family in the evening. I also introduce a theme that will run throughout all of the Shire Stories where Frodo appears – his resemblance to his great-grandfather, the Old Took.
Bilbo has not seen Frodo in almost 5 years, the change in Frodo’s physical and emotional maturity from their last meeting to the time of the story would be the difference between a 12 year old and a 16 year old. He’s turning into a sullen adolescent. Bilbo does not really want to acknowledge that the boy is growing up, which complicates his ability to read Frodo’s behavior. What he’s certain of is that no one is telling him the truth.
BTW, if you read Legacy when it first was posted on HASA, please put a warning and a space before any potential spoilers.