Another day, another late-night post. I’m gonna make it, I promise.
So, Gandalf is going to look after Frodo. Great. Bilbo thinks it is about time for Frodo to be on his own. (He is 33 now, you know.) Gandalf reminds Bilbo that he has agreed to let the ring pass to Frodo along with everything else. However, yesterday we saw Bilbo put the ring back in his pocket instead of leaving it out. Argument ensues. Gandalf thinks it is best that Bilbo leave the ring behind. Bilbo disagrees. Bilbo thinks, why not? He found it. Finders keepers. Gandalf is a busybody badger.
And, of course, the tipping point is when Bilbo refers to the ring as “my Precious”. Gandalf really feels like Bilbo is way too attached to this ring. And now it gets real.
-the Mountains: I’m pretty sure these are the Misty Mountains, which Bilbo passed through on his journey. Just east of Rivendell. Filled with orcs, goblins, and a certain creepy little dude…
-Gollum: A certain creepy little dude. Found (stole) the ring a long time ago. Lived with it under the Misty Mountains for countless years until it was picked up by Bilbo.
Gollum! Who would have thought that Gollum’s first mention would be in the first chapter? Yep, there it is.
I was interested by the fact that on this page, Gandalf calls himself “professionally interested” in the ring. I’ve always wondered what Gandalf did with his spare time when he wasn’t leading groups around on amazingly wonderful journeys. Is he a sort of historian? He is (eventually) the first one to realize that this is the One Ring, so he’s certainly good at research and things. I’m sure this is something I could look up somewhere, but I’m trying to figure that out here based on what I have to go on in the text, which is very little.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
What? Er? As in, like, er… you know, whatever.
“‘You will be a fool if you do,…'”