POV – Bilbo
In which a journey is begun, a song is sung, news is shared, roots are discussed, the badger is fat, and Frodo sees ghosts.
Not all is right with the Shire.
What began as a little one-off scene, the evening at The Fat Badger, done more to provide some background information on my speculation on trade and to remind readers of the talk Bilbo had with the Brandybucks while riding Hedge, changed the tenor of the entire story. It was supposed to be little more than a holiday celebration where Frodo began to deal with his abuse – and that is still there – but a whole additional overarching plot line made itself known.