POV – Bilbo
In which Bilbo struggles with all the claims being made on and about Frodo and asserts a few of his own.
Bilbo, like Smaug, is not happy at others trying to take his treasure.
POV – Frodo
In which we get immersed in Baggins clan business and its multi-generational baggage.
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.”
It’s been a busy weekend. I’m trying to wrap some things up, so it may be tomorrow before I can post, but I do have another chapter ready.
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.