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.

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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.

Anglachel

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Ch. 3 – Gossip

Gossip

POV – Frodo

In which Frodo and Bilbo hear a great deal on many subjects as they set out on their journey, none of it particularly reassuring, and Frodo wonders if there will ever be an end to it.

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Politics, disease and family scandals are fodder for the gossip mill, and we get some hints about what may be happening in the east.  All of the attention Frodo is getting is stressing the kid out. It’s stressing Bilbo, too, with dangerous results.

Continue reading Ch. 3 – Gossip

Ch. 22 – Plots

Plots

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.

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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.

Continue reading Ch. 22 – Plots