Ch. 17 – Sting


POV – Bilbo

In which madmen meet, luck is debated, confidences are shared, and Bilbo returns to old tunnels to ponder new possibilities.


A certain piece of magical jewelry is working overtime to find the chink in Bilbo’s armor. It’s almost right.

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Ch. 16 – Solstice


POV – Bilbo & Frodo

In which deals are double, trouble is stirred, forgiveness is granted, the east is evaluated, farthings are offered, a chastisement is delivered, and assignation is set, and Frodo starts to tell a new story.


He’s not that little boy anymore.

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Ch. 15 – Pull


POV – Bilbo

In which Bilbo is pulled in many directions, exerts his pull over others, pulls out a long needed confession, and wishes for victory to be pulled from the jaws of defeat.


My apologies for the late post. I’ve been sick most of the week.

Mostly, Bilbo is pulling together the threads of all the threats that have been aimed at him and Frodo over the last year and figuring out who knew what.

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Ch. 13 – Tell


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.

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Ch. 12 – 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.



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.


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.


Ch. 9 – Forgive


POV – Bilbo

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


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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