Ch. 17 – On Merry Yule

On Merry Yule

POV – Bilbo

In which Bilbo surveys the damage, remembers the past, conducts a deal, confronts a problem, and exchanges gifts.

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This is my “Yule” chapter in a more conventional sense, with a feast and gift-exchange. For those interested in the back-story I am creating on Bilbo for my stories, there are some glimpses of it part way through the chapter as he gets ready for the Yule feast and talks about events of his own youth with Frodo.

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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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