And here we end our stay with the Gaffer and the gossiping at The Ivy Bush. Not that I’m sorry to see that go. It did add a lot of nice information here and there, but we’re about set to start up on where we think of the first movie starting, with Gandalf driving his cart up to Bag End.
On this page, the Gaffer continues vehemently defending Bilbo and Frodo, saying that their home is not lined with gold and other riches, as rumor has it. He says that the Bagginses are really quite nice hobbits, and that Sam (his son if you recall) goes up to Bag End very often to hear Bilbo tell stories of his adventures. Something tells me Sam might want to go on an adventure himself…
The Gaffer fights back at Sandyman’s view of Bilbo, launching into what sounds a little like a PSA against homophobia: “If that’s being queer, then we could do with a bit more queerness in these parts.” Of course, the Gaffer (and Tolkien for that matter) is using “queer” to mean “strange”. This entire book could be read with an odd twist if you interpreted “queer” as it is usually used today. And, in the end, the Gaffer wins the argument with the fact that Sam has heard that there will be presents for everyone at the party!
We jump a little bit, and learn that we’re somewhere in the early part of September. (The party – Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday – is September 22nd.) A rumor starts that there will be extravagant fireworks. Oh boy! A few days later, a strange wagon driven by dwarves goes up to Bag End. And, at the end of the second week of September, it appears that Gandalf has arrived.
-Gandalf: The man himself. Wizard, robed in grey, travel companion of Bilbo. Able to move metal with his mind! Oops… different Sir Ian character.
-Brandywine Bridge: I’m taking a guess that this is the bridge over the Brandywine River. Just a stab in the dark there.
Only two today! All in all, there’s not a whole lot going on on this page. I’m excited to get to Gandalf arriving tomorrow, especially since we really haven’t even seen any of the important movie characters in the book yet. They’ve just been talked about. It’s interesting to note that there is an earlier cart, with dwarves. We don’t meet dwarves in the movies until Rivendell. I don’t recall from reading the book before if these are important dwarves that come to Hobbiton, but we’ll see.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Yep, that’s it. Not so creative on this page, were you, Tolkien? And “waggon” looks more like a typo than not. I’m guessing it’s not though.
Also, if you haven’t seen Stephen Colbert’s bit on John McCain referencing The Lord of the Rings as a comparison to the debt ceiling debate, you really should watch it over at colbertnation.com
Why? Because. IT’S PERTINENT.
“An old man was driving it all alone.”