POV – Bilbo
In which Bilbo and Frodo confront the unspoken secret.
On Merry Yule ended on a hopeful note. It is three months later and that note has faded away.
Given the tenacity of the Sackville-Baggins’ pursuit of Bilbo’s wealth, I had to wonder at how well they took the news of Frodo deposing Otho as Bilbo’s heir. Not at all well, it turns out.
I also wondered at the fallout in Buckland after the whirl of Yule passed and the Brandybucks had to deal with what they had done to Frodo. This is not a pretty picture.
Finally, I wondered how Bilbo was going to deal with all of the relatives and relationships he had been ignoring as he busied himself with elven poetry and tramping about, and which he reignited when trying to deal with the poor root harvest. He will rue this most of all.