POV – Frodo
In which Frodo decides he is no longer willing to be pushed around.
You might want to re-read the last scene of the previous chapter, Tell, to remember what is going on at the Fair.
Frodo decides to take a few things into his own hands and not wait for rescue.
Continue reading Ch. 14 – Push
I won’t post a chapter this weekend be cause I have come down with a nasty stomach thing and feel awful.
POV – Bilbo
In which Bilbo tells stories of the past, the Shire’s and his own, listens to the tales of others, and refuses to be told what to do.
This chapter is mostly a large invention of Shire history, personal and political. Without quite knowing it, Bilbo puts his finger on what is truly happening around them.
Continue reading Ch. 13 – Tell
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.
Bilbo learns more about the letter sent to Pal and he is unamused.
Continue reading Ch. 12 – Show
Faithful readers, I have come down with the flu and can’t really do anything until I’m over this. I apologize for the long wait for the next chapter.
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.
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.
POV – Frodo
In which Frodo encounters more of Bilbo’s past than he really wants to.
Seeing Bilbo this way is making the kid grow up very fast, very quickly.
Continue reading Ch. 11 – Fairest