Okay, he hasn’t left yet. But, soon!
Lobelia had come to check up on Bag End, as she is naturally suspicious of everything. Frodo promises to leave a key with the Gaffer, which she thoroughly dislikes. However, she does leave. We learn that Sam is indeed coming with Frodo, leaving the Gaffer all alone to tend to Lobelia’s garden.
Frodo, Pippin, and Sam have a final tea at Bag End, then Sam and Pippin pack up while Frodo takes a last stroll in the garden. As he begins to feel ready to go, he hears voices. One is the Gaffer’s, while the other is distorted and hard to distinguish. He can only understand the Gaffer’s answers, and can tell that the conversation is about Frodo leaving. The stranger is asking questions about his destination and business, and the Gaffer seems put out, refusing to give many details. This stranger, whoever they are, leaves.
-the Hill Road: Real complicated one here. The road that goes up the Hill.
Oooooh, mysterious stranger! I could guess that we’re supposed to assume that this person (or, thing) isn’t a hobbit. Something more menacing. My heart tells me to assume Ringwraith, but that could be the fear-mongering that the movie is so good at. For all we know, it could just be another grumpy hobbit.
Here’s something even stranger: After Pippin and Sam finish packing things up, “Sam disappeared”. What? Sam, the most timid of all, mysteriously disappears? I think that just sounds sketchier than it’s supposed to. We don’t hear anything more about Sam on this page after that. It makes it sound suspicious in the way that maybe Sam sneaked off, put on a costume, and he is the stranger, with a mask – all Scooby Doo style.
In other news, still no Gandalf.
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Ah, folksy Gamgee dialect…
“He had half a mind…”