Ch. 13 – Playing with Fire

Playing With Fire

POV – Bilbo/Frodo

In which Gilda and Bilbo dance, Bargo is told he is not the dearest to Frodo’s heart, and the boys have a very hot time.


The family starts to behave badly and things get interesting.

Bilbo has a lot more baggage than Frodo. There’s some mention of his younger years and how he might have behaved at the Wintermarks of his youth. Then he has to talk to Gilda. The shock of Frodo’s accusations combined with Sara’s confession has had four days to percolate, and Gilda has a few things to say to her Beggar.

Meanwhile, Frodo continues to negotiate his relationships with his cousins and former childhood friends. We have a digressions into cultural views of sexuality, and then have a hint of a rapprochement between Frodo and Sara.

For people who read On Merry Yule when it was posted to HASA, there is one significant edit to the chapter, which is the conversation between Seredic, Sara, Mac and Frodo near the fire tower. In the original, Seredic’s wife, Hilda, is to give birth in a few days. The timing has been changed due to a mistake on my part years ago when setting the date for the events. I had miscalculated my years.



4 thoughts on “Ch. 13 – Playing with Fire”

  1. Dancing with Prisca is always a great start, but Gilda had bitterness. What Bilbo implied to Rory to get him to agree to the adoption meant Gilda thinks Bilbo broke his rule — yes, “baggage”. Lots of tension there ready to pop out and darken the usual banter. And her lying to Sara (she wanted information, didn’t like what she got) lead to Frodo thinking a promise broken, and he’s angry & hurt 😦

    The end scene, I think Mac was a good influence on Sara, heh, Frodo knows it won’t last.

  2. The tension with Bilbo and Gilda is why I think I need to go back in time and complete The Mistress rather than keep going forward with Bilbo.

    In the moment Sara apologized, I think he truly meant it. There is some good in him, but it is very hard to find.


  3. I’m not sure if I like how this story keeps going back and uncovering new facets of Rory and Gilda, or not. I suppose their long lives have given them a lot of chances to wear a lot of hats and be a lot of things, and no one is ever any one thing, anyway…

  4. They have lived a long time and have done many things. They contain multitudes.

    The future stories will uncover more and make them into more equivocal characters, as it will do with almost all of the main figures. No one can be wholly innocent, no one can be wholly depraved (though Sara is doing his damndest to hit bottom), and people’s motives are usually misunderstood. I’m guided by JRRT’s assertion at the start of LotR that Bilbo didn’t really care for the company of his relatives while Frodo got along with everyone more or less. Why do they have these attitudes?


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