Ch. 3 – Gossip


POV – Frodo

In which Frodo and Bilbo hear a great deal on many subjects as they set out on their journey, none of it particularly reassuring, and Frodo wonders if there will ever be an end to it.


Politics, disease and family scandals are fodder for the gossip mill, and we get some hints about what may be happening in the east.  All of the attention Frodo is getting is stressing the kid out. It’s stressing Bilbo, too, with dangerous results.

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Ch. 2 – Accounts


POV – Frodo

In which accounts become important – learning to count, weighing conflicting accounts, keeping accounts, and, most of all, settling accounts.


Frodo is having a hard time providing a coherent account of what has and is happening in his life, especially to himself. He wants to believe Bilbo because it is a reassuring account, but more has happened in Buckland than anyone knows.

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Lobelia had some reasons to be as angry as she is. It’s all so unfair.


A short one-chapter story providing some backstory to the big revelation in the first chapter of Lithe.

I’ve always been interested in the character of Lobelia Sackville-Baggins. Tolkien has a bad habit of treating his female hobbit characters as nags and scolds. Lobelia in particular gets to be the butt of a great deal of malicious “humor”, yet, at the end of the story, we see her be brave in a way most male hobbits can’t manage, when she attacks a ruffian armed only with her umbrella.

So, who is this formidable woman?




And with a new month, comes a new story – Lithe.

Lithe is completely new, never published anywhere before. I had always planned to write it but got crushed under the burden of Hands of the King, as well as tiring of the fandom. In late 2014, my hobbit muse returned and this was the result.

I did a little writing experimentation with it, opening most chapters with letters from others to either Bilbo or Frodo to introduce information and exchanges that did not fit well into the narrative. Read the letters carefully – there’s a lot packed into them.

I’m going to use the convention I did with HotK and tag the chapters with the name of the character’s POV and all speaking parts. I’m still working out how best to present the genealogical information. If you thought HotK was bad…


Ch. 22 – Plots


POV – Bilbo

In which the travelers set out for home, a weasel is found at the Badger, words are said, meanings are tangled, Frodo is shocked (as usual), and we finally meet the Widow Grubb.


Bilbo is revolted at Frodo’s treatment by their kin and in a mood for payback. It is the moment he decides to get engaged with Shire politics as he did not when he returned from his adventure.

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