Oh, no. The one thing I really didn’t want to happen, it happened.
Minor detail. We’ll get to it later.
So, Frodo has no direction. Gandalf advises him to make for Rivendell, which sounds like an AWESOME idea to Frodo. Back in the gossipy bars we’ve become so fond of, suddenly everyone is talking about the fact that Frodo is selling Bag End! And even worse, (this is what I can’t stand) he sold it to Lobelia Sackville-Baggins! No one knows if she got a deal or had to pay out the nose, but she owns it now, and that’s sad for me. Frodo, meanwhile is planning to find a place to move to in Buckland with his relatives.
-Rivendell: Beautiful elven dwelling in a valley to the east. Bilbo went there on his first journey. Home of…
-Elrond Halfelven: Elven king. Who knew his last name is Halfelven? Is he only half elf? Badass.
So the Sackville-Bagginses get Bag End! Boo. So much boo. Seriously? I guess the positive takeaway here is that we learn that Otho Sackville-Baggins has died, so at least it’s a weakened Sackville-Baggins family that takes over our hero’s home. Should I feel bad because I feel that way?
No. They’re terrible hobbits. Bad juju.
Anyway, the amount of story told so far through gossip is actually really amazing. It’s a good way to provide some backstory, and also advance the plot a bit at a time. And plus, we all know how good hobbits are at gossiping.
And if nothing else, Frodo is on the move. That’s something. Let the journey begin…eventually!
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Also, I just realized this: There’s a hobbit inn called The Ivy Bush. Doesn’t ivy not grow in a bush? Isn’t it in a vine? Am I just wholly wrong in terms of horticulture here?
“‘Merry Brandybuck is looking out for a nice little hole for me, or perhaps a small house.'”