POV – Frodo
In which the past arrives to inform the present with a troubling present.
Lithe ended on a fearful note, Bilbo shaken that he had done something arrogant and left Frodo in danger. A century of loss is terrible to bear.
Frodo is well aware of Bilbo’s sadness and deep anger, but it’s only since the Fair that he has started to ponder Bilbo’s past beyond the stories of adventure. Much of this story will be Frodo unearthing Bilbo’s life.
The most startling part of that life is Rum. Neither of them really know what to make of his reappearance in Bilbo’s life. He comes bearing a gift that is guaranteed to get Bilbo’s approval, but it also sets off a crisis for Frodo.
For now, though, there is a hearty breakfast, learning ledgers, enjoying a festival and planning a long tramp through Southfarthing.