Ch. 12 – Show

Show

POV – Bilbo & Frodo

 

In which greetings are exchanged, secrets are told, vengeance is considered, relations are explained, inventions are admired, dirty linen is aired, exhibits are judged, teamwork is displayed, and everyone enjoys the show.

 

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Bilbo learns more about the letter sent to Pal and he is unamused.

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The Mistress

The Last Party

POV – Multiple

In which a party is thrown, a wizard is remembered, sisters of various types exchange various words, an infatuation occurs, and a husband and wife dance.

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A little early Christmas present for my readers.

This is, for now, just a one chapter story, a promise of more, if you will. This one chapter provided the impetus for all the other Shire Stories after Legacy – it’s where I began to explore the web of relationships between hobbits. It’s also when I realized that all of the hobbit stories I had done were from male perspectives. The narrative voice was a man’s. What happens to Shire society, history and politics when you look at it from a woman’s perspective?

I wrote this chapter, wrote a few sketchy notes, and then plunged in to HotK – and never returned to it. Fifteen years it has sat quietly, inspiring other tales but never quite becoming the center of attention. It was only after I wrote the first draft of the story Century (not yet available) that I realized Gilda really needs to have her story told, and not just her. As the main story arc of Bilbo adopting Frodo has advanced, I’ve had to think through a lot of supporting characters, and increasing numbers of them are female. There’s Belladonna Took, Lalia Clayhanger, Belba Baggins, Dora Baggins, Prisca Baggins, Mirabella Took, Donnamira Took (just what were the Remarkable Took sisters remarkable for?) and many others.

I’m posting this mostly to provide some backstory for current writings, but also to inspire myself to get back to the tale. It spans @ 20 years – from the day Bilbo and Gilda meet until the year Saradoc is born – and falls into 5 year periods of Gilda’s life.

Anglachel

Ch. 10 – Delving

Delving

POV – Frodo

In which Frodo and Bilbo journey to the Fair and unearth the past.

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The past is never dead. It’s not even past. And it’s about to walk through the door.

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Ch. 9 – Forgive

Forgive

POV – Bilbo

In which relatives arrive, old wrongs are unearthed, new problems arise, and most are in need of forgiveness.

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Bilbo has been brooding about the wrongs done to Frodo for months and the Buckland contingent just rolled into town. This is not going to end well.

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Ch. 7 – Baggage

Baggage

POV – Frodo

In which we get immersed in Baggins clan business and its multi-generational baggage.

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Two major scenes of Frodo learning about his kin and their intertwined pasts, which makes him think of the complex ways he can fit in to this mix. This is more pondering on why Bilbo doesn’t get along with his relatives but Frodo is on friendly terms with everyone except the SBs. I also take some time here to build out Otho as a character. “It’s a start.”

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