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. 09 – Enclosure

Enclosure

POV – Bilbo

In which the cousins go for a ride, Rory is the Master, Bilbo is saved by a bird, Esmie is foiled once more, and Rory gives Gilda to Bilbo.

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We know what Bilbo has told Frodo about his own young life and loves. What do people who were there say about it?

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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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