We begin Chapter 4 the next morning, still unclear of where Sam slept.
Frodo wakes up. Sam is sitting out on the grass and Pippin is watching the sky. The elves have gone, but left some food behind for the hobbits. Frodo begins eating while Pippin asks him about EVERYTHING. What’s the plan? What did Gildor say about the black riders? Anything? Anything at all? Frodo gets fed up (naturally) with Pippin and yells at him to leave him alone. Pippin shuffles away while Frodo continues worrying about their journey ahead.
WHY IS PIPPIN SO INFURIATING?! He’s literally asking any question possible, and Frodo doesn’t really have any answers beyond that he hopes to make it to Bucklebury as soon as they can. Pippin already tried asking the elves about the black riders, and it went poorly, as we know. Frodo tried to subtly get an answer from Gildor later, but that didn’t work either. STEP OFF, PIPPIN! Let the hobbit eat!
I can’t tell in the narration if Pippin is mad at Frodo because Frodo snaps at him, or if it’s because Frodo is already grumpy by breakfast-time. This is unclear. Aren’t we all a little grumpy at breakfast-time?
It’s actually noted that Pippin doesn’t seem to be worried about the black riders anymore: “Under the morning sun the prospect of seeing a whole troop of them did not seem very alarming to him.” Are you serious? You, Peregrin Took, can’t possibly not be afraid of those things anymore. And a “whole troop”? Really? You’ve only seen one at a time, and you think you could handle all NINE of them? (Not that he knows there are nine, but still.) You’d be dead before you could say Witch-King.
Sam is sitting, stupidly happy. WHERE DOES HE GET IT FROM?
Although, after Frodo snaps at Pippin, Pippin goes off and sings. What?
“‘To take them into exile, where hunger and weariness may have no cure, is quite another -…'”