Ch. 12 – The Blooding

The Blooding

POV – Bilbo/Frodo

In which someone gets Rory’s goat, Bilbo recites a poem about flower and fruit, wolves are noticed in Northfarthing, and a rat, a snake and a badger have a little chat.

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Wintermark begins in earnest and the family is (temporarily, I’m sure) on relatively good behavior.

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Ch. 11 – Preparations

Preparations

POV – Bilbo/Frodo (In each of the next five chapters, the POV starts with Bilbo and shifts back to Frodo.)

In which Bilbo ponders tradition and Frodo ponders obedience.

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So, if the last chapter was about the loss of history, what do hobbits remember of their cultural past? Less with each generation.

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Ch. 10 – Hedge and Bridge

Hedge and Bridge

POV – Bilbo

In which an axe is named, Sara’s ribs are mentioned, salt is pondered, and the history of the Dwarves and the Elves is recounted.

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Hobbits have a hard time with history. In JRRT’s account of them, they were relatively recent comers to Arthedain, having long been nomads.

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Ch. 08 – Affection

Affection

POV – Frodo

In which Frodo translates elvish, realizes that Bilbo is in love, has a heart-to-heart with one of his cousins, and remembers how he got so good at pleasing others.

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We’ve seen Frodo interacting with the adults for some time. Now we get to find out more about his relationships with other tweens.

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OMY – Character file posted

Just a quick note that I’ve posted a PDF on Docs.com listing all On Merry Yule (OMY) characters. The link is in the navigation bar “Shire Stories – Extra Stuff”.

I’m going to try to tweak it a bit to make it easier to read (Excel doesn’t convert well to PDF, sigh…) but new characters are going to start adding up quickly and I figured you needed the reference sooner rather than later.

Also, I’m still working on the big monster genealogy file which lists out the relationships.

New chapter will go up this weekend.

Anglachel

Writing a Green Sun

Writing a Green Sun

This is a critical essay that I wrote shortly after the original publication of Legacy, explaining why I wrote the story.

Since I first put it together, I’ve gone on to write On Merry Yule, Hands of the King, and two more novel length to-be-published Shire stories. My take on the Shire has become more sophisticated, so some of what’s here no longer holds. I’ve updated a few parts in light of that, but the changes are minimal.

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