Century

A new year and a new story – Century

Century has never been published before and has been read only by two editors. I began writing it in January 2016 and it got me through that awful year of hope destroyed. Perhaps that’s why Bilbo is so grim.

Bilbo turns 100, and the past becomes very much the present. Four months of summer edging into autumn, much of which is spent walking about Southfarthing, visiting kin and looking for signs of the Parting. The legacy of Buckland has deep roots and bears poisoned fruit.

Century is Bilbo looking back at his long life and wondering how it has brought him to where he is.

Mature topics, language and scenes throughout the story. 

I will follow my previous convention of tagging the story chapters with the main POV and all speaking parts. What will be different is that I will only post a chapter after I’ve completed the draft chapter of the story I’m currently writing, The Mistress. It takes me two to four weeks to write a draft chapter, depending on the length of the chapter, how well I’ve planned it, how frenetic my life is, etc. I’m also getting a genealogy chart ready to post as a PDF, which should help with keeping track of the main characters.

To my loyal readers, thank you so much for sticking with me. I hope this story will be worth the wait.

Anglachel

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Ch. 19 – Home

Home

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.

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It’s been a rough trip and it’s not over, but Frodo has begun thinking of himself as a Baggins, not a Brandybuck.

Continue reading Ch. 19 – Home

Ch. 15 – Deceit

Deceit

POV – Bilbo/Frodo

In which Bilbo considers the Ring, Esmie considers fidelity, Odogar considers revolt, Tom considers kisses, Mac considers Sara, and Frodo considers breathing.

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Mix alcohol, late hours and unresolved conflicts together, and fireworks will happen.

Continue reading Ch. 15 – Deceit

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.

Continue reading Ch. 10 – Hedge and Bridge