POV – Bilbo
In which Bilbo and Frodo confront the unspoken secret.
On Merry Yule ended on a hopeful note. It is three months later and that note has faded away.
And with a new month, comes a new story – Lithe.
Lithe is completely new, never published anywhere before. I had always planned to write it but got crushed under the burden of Hands of the King, as well as tiring of the fandom. In late 2014, my hobbit muse returned and this was the result.
I did a little writing experimentation with it, opening most chapters with letters from others to either Bilbo or Frodo to introduce information and exchanges that did not fit well into the narrative. Read the letters carefully – there’s a lot packed into them.
I’m going to use the convention I did with HotK and tag the chapters with the name of the character’s POV and all speaking parts. I’m still working out how best to present the genealogical information. If you thought HotK was bad…
POV – Bilbo
In which the travelers set out for home, a weasel is found at the Badger, words are said, meanings are tangled, Frodo is shocked (as usual), and we finally meet the Widow Grubb.
Bilbo is revolted at Frodo’s treatment by their kin and in a mood for payback. It is the moment he decides to get engaged with Shire politics as he did not when he returned from his adventure.
POV – Frodo
In which Frodo bids many cousins farewell, Gilda resists a great temptation, Rory does as the Master should, and Frodo finally finds his way home.
It’s been a rough trip and it’s not over, but Frodo has begun thinking of himself as a Baggins, not a Brandybuck.