Ch. 1 – Discretion


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.




2 thoughts on “Ch. 1 – Discretion”

  1. Letters are a good way to add in additional information, though Odogar’s letter is makes me scratch my head (more proof it’s a bad idea). Maudie’s made me laugh. A big helping of Shire politics before the main thing for the chapter, aftermath of the fight between Frodo & Lotho. It’s a good beginning for the new story: Frodo now accepts Bagend is where he should be, but there will be fights about the political change of who will be the next Baggins headman. She & the fools in Buckland not calling Frodo a Baggins, grr. Emphasizes how Bilbo always does and he argues well why Frodo should believe he’s Drogo’s son, though there’s a lot of unfortunate baggage from what people in Brandy Hall were saying & not saying, sigh.

  2. Hi Julie,

    It was fun experimenting with the letters as ways to inform the readers about events in other places. I may use it again in other stories. Odogar’s letters are a reflection of his mind – in constant, unstable motion. Maudie is a hoot.

    When I set out to write the story, I wanted to keep Frodo’s doubt penned up a while longer, given how he had resolved it for himself at the close of OMY, but Bilbo needed to be confronted with it, too. Frodo’s personal doubt is a political problem.


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