And, they’re off!
Frodo heads back inside, where Pippin is waiting for him. Sam is still absent. Frodo calls for him, and Sam appears, having been drinking his last drops of beer from the cellar. Frodo gives Sam the key, and tells him to run it back to his house and meet them later. Frodo and Pippin set off, heading west. Sam runs back, and Frodo jokes (poorly) about how heavy his pack is. Then they officially set off into the night, hoping to get some distance in before they have to sleep.
Yeah, Sam was finishing off the beer, like a boss.
And, what? Frodo jokes about his pack being too heavy? Shut up! Seriously, you’re having your gardener and one of your best friends help you trek across fields and forests for a day or two, and you start by faking a complaint? What better way is there for everyone to hate you the entire time? Yeah, sure, Frodo claims that he’s just “talking nonsense”, but really, it doesn’t come across that way at all. It’s just like he’s trying to play off an awkward situation by calling it a joke. Is anyone else laughing? No. No one else is laughing here.
Either way, they’ve left Bag End, and the journey has begun! Frodo makes sure that they’re not passing through towns, but the tactic of starting off westward is interesting. They’re headed east, eventually, and everyone actually already knows that. Maybe the westward start is just to meet Sam, as I’m not sure which direction the Gamgees live from Bag End.
And hey, MOVEMENT! It’s the first time the action of the novel has moved from Bag End since we were at the Green Dragon with Sam and Ted Sandyman. In book time, that was like three months ago.
Thus, the first leg of what will be an epic journey: From Bag End to Crickhollow!
“Then leaving it they turned left and took quietly to the fields again. They went in…”