Ch. 2 – The Rascal

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.


2 thoughts on “Ch. 2 – The Rascal”

  1. I enjoyed rereading these two chapters last evening. and getting the reminders of backstories: Bilbo, his mother, Prim & Mira, and so on. I’ve always liked the of rythm of the names Belladonna, Donnamira and Mirabella, and I like how you compare and contrast them. I’ve told you before, but your description of the Winter and how it effects everything, good gapfilling.

    Frodo definitely has issues. Don’t know what to say that isn’t spoilerish. It will be good to revisit his backstory as well. Thanks for posting!


  2. Hi Julie,

    There is more in Legacy now that is backstory than when it was first published because of the writing that has followed. Hey, if the Professor could retroactively change his story, so can I!

    Building out the backstory on the remarkable sisters is needed so that people can understand just why they are remarkable. It also helps to put Bilbo’s very sympathetic and admiring relationship to women in a better light – he grew up surrounded by remarkable, talented, intelligent, thoughtful, caring women (and not just the Took sisters), and he celebrates them. The absence of women in hobbit society because of the Fell Winter makes them more precious to some men, but more contemptible to others.

    Frodo has issues. Oh, goodness, but the boy has issues. Several stories worth of issues.


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