Belongings – Bilbo POV
In which tongues are used, adventures are planned, accusations are thrown, history is recounted, marks are examined, and Frodo tries to understand where he belongs.
Bilbo wrestles with how to earn Frodo’s trust when complete honesty is not the best policy.
This chapter takes a closer look at the backstory of Drogo and Primula. How did they end up living in Buckland? The comic explanation in LotR is that Drogo was a glutton and they moved in with her brother and fellow Brandybucks to take advantage of a generous dinner table. But then there is the odd story of them drowning doing something ordinary hobbits would never think to do, go for a boat ride. I give them a little more substance, something that will continue to get built out in the subsequent stories.
This chapter is also for building the relationship between Bilbo and Frodo. Frodo’s not a little child anymore and the simple connection they once had is not adequate for what is happening. It distresses Bilbo that Frodo is not a small, innocent child any longer. Frodo’s perception of Bilbo is… complicated.
As the chapter title hints, there is a complex web between one’s possessions, what one can possess, self-possession, longings, and fitting in to where you find yourself.