Ch. 04 – Assumptions


POV – Bilbo

In which Dalin encounters a flock of little birds, all the right lies are spread, faces are matched with names, and Bilbo contemplates Sara’s fate.


Bilbo is not happy with any of his relatives.

More fun with Dalin and cross-cultural relations. Along with smaller size, hobbits and dwarves share an affinity for living underground. Dalin approves of Brandy Hall.

We also start to see the difficulty of addressing a situation of abuse in a traditional society with no concept of rights under the law. It’s not just the problem of dealing with relatives; without an independent legal system, there’s nothing to protect someone or punish a criminal except threats and actual violence. Shame, not justice, rules. This is still significantly true for women and children subjected to violation even in a society that adheres to rule of law.



2 thoughts on “Ch. 04 – Assumptions”

  1. Dalin is doing well: the children love him, he got to talk building with Gilda, and knew is way back without falter. It was quite fun meeting Prisca for the first time again. One of my favorite of your added characters, and a good & intelligent gossip. Still dealing with Frodo’s abuse — the situation is difficult. Points out it’s also difficult in current situation, as police, courts, and law can be unreliable, especially if the accused as a lot of power or the accuser is part of a group usually trivialized or disbelieved. So there’s often calculations if it will make the situation worse to involve the authorities. Sad situation.

  2. Hi Julie,

    I had fun writing Prisca. She decided to be a much more important character in the later stories. In my imagined back story for her, she always had a big crush on Bilbo and had secretly hoped to catch his eye. She’s never quite lost the attraction, but would never cheat on Wili – that’s her true love. She and Nora Headstrong (Falco’s wife) grew up near each other in Needlehole & were good friends. I imagine that Nora met Falco because of her friendship with Prisca.

    The hard part of writing about Frodo’s abuse is telling a story where he and Merry (Pippin, too)can end up being such close friends of Frodo’s two decades later. Pal’s actually the easy one – he’s avaricious and will behave as long as he sees a way to get his hands on Frodo’s wealth. With Sara, as the abuser, it’s harder. How to mend some family fences, but not others? Or should they all be mended? This will be a source of tension between Frodo and Bilbo and Frodo gets older.

    Thanks for reading (again)!


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