I keep coming up with better and better formatting ideas. This is quickly becoming quite the major project! I guess there’s no better way to explain it than saying that I’m essentially sitting here and making sure everything lines up. It’s so anally perfectionist of me, but I guess that’s what I do.
As Frodo, Sam, and Pippin start to walk back to the new house at Crickhollow, Merry rides on ahead, both to let Fatty Bolger know that they’re coming and to prepare some dinner. He takes Frodo’s basket of mushrooms. The walk for the three is a few more miles, but it passes uneventfully. They finally reach the house, which is set back from the lane quite a bit, and is very dark. Perfect for Frodo to run away from! They knock on the door and Fatty answers. Merry shows Frodo that he and Fatty tried to arrange all the furniture as best as they could in a short time to look the most like it did at Bag End. Major Bilbo-pining commences from Frodo. Once again, he feels bad to have put his friends through all this trouble when he just plans on leaving, something he thinks he must tell them before they go to bed.
To get an idea of what this house looks like, we’re told that it’s really not all that different from a hobbit hole. It’s long and only one story, with grass on the roof just as if it were built into a hill. So, really, this is Bag End 2.0, just not a hole. Even the furniture is arranged in a similar way, so you can just imagine it as being the same place. I won’t tell on you. Except, it’s a house. That’s the one big difference.
Also, gluttony alert. Frodo, Sam, and Pippin had that hearty farm-meal with Farmer Maggot, yet they are all ready and waiting to eat something more when they arrive in Buckland. Hobbits, stop being so hungry all the time! It’s literally a second supper. Ask yourself this, guys, do you really need that second helping of mushrooms?
I guess when you have one guy nicknamed “Fatty”, you know you have a problem.
So how long will it take for Frodo to tell everyone? I’m going to go ahead and assume he procrastinates this for as long as hobbitly possible. He’s just not taking this whole situation seriously enough yet. Get with it, Frodo! There are black riders chasing you, remember?
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
“Storey”, as in a one-storey building. Let’s just add an “e”, because “English” starts with “e”!
“Yet that would have to be done that very night, before they all went to bed.”