What? Why I am posting at like 3 in the morning? Oh, work. Right. You get home late when you work the Office Max corporate fashion show after-party.
So, anyway, I knew that I would get to this blog at some point, and here we are! Commence!
The morning after the party, with Bilbo gone, Frodo takes command of Bag End. Swarms of hobbits show up snooping around, and Frodo is tasked with giving out the remaining things that Bilbo left for his relatives. There are numerous random things, and all of them are jokes in some way or another. For example, Bilbo gives an empty bookcase to a hobbit who borrowed (and never returned) a number of his books. Lobelia Sackville-Baggins gets silver spoons, because Bilbo had always suspected she stole his spoons while he was out journeying. Those sorts of jokes. Most hobbits are unhappy, but they still take their things and go. You see, Bilbo’s hole had gotten rather filled with things over the years, and this was a way to get rid of them once he left.
-Adelard Took: Stole Bilbo’s umbrella. Gets an umbrella.
-Dora Baggins: Wrote advice pieces (columns?) over the years. Gets a trash can. Also, Drogo’s sister, and oldest living female related to Bilbo and Frodo.
-Milo Burrows: Never answered letters. Gets a pen and an ink bottle.
-Angelica Baggins: Narcissistic young hobbit. Gets a mirror.
-Hugo Bracegirdle: Kept borrowed books. Gets the bookcase.
Anyone ever notice the odd assortment of hobbit first names? We have our Bilbo and Frodo, along with such names as Adelard and Odo. Then we get Milo, Angelica, and Hugo. Not normal names, but at least actual names in the real world! Are we going with strange names or weird ones? It’s like having two guys in the same universe, one with a normal name, say, Luke. Let’s name the other one Han!
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
I was confused why Baggins and Sackville-Baggins showed up as not-words again. I think it’s because they’re capitalized (as they are in the original text). Thus, I wanted to clarify that they are in fact capitalized. Weird. Get with it, computer! Also, mathoms? I looked it up, and apparently it’s a word that Tolkien completely made up, meaning useless things that hobbits keep around anyway. Essentially, all the stuff that crowds up a house. Tolkien himself also used this word in his own life to mean this exact same thing. Handy, huh?
And now, what I must believe will be the strangest quote you will ever see, out of context. But, it is the last sentence on the page…
“The old hole was now being cleared a little.”