Welcome to the aftermath of Frodo’s sudden disappearance. Things aren’t going so well anymore.
Upon his reappearance, Frodo is immediately scolded by Aragorn. Feigning innocence gets Frodo nowhere, and Aragorn correctly calls him “Mr. Baggins“.
Strider/Aragorn makes Frodo promise to talk to him later about a matter concerning them both.
On the other side of the room, Butterbur is arguing with his patrons over what exactly happened. One hobbit is trying to explain how Frodo disappeared, but Butterbur isn’t buying it. Butterbur only cares that Frodo pays in the morning. That’s what matters to him. Frodo seizes the opportunity to reveal himself and shouts from the corner, saying that he crawled away quickly and has been talking to Strider. People don’t tend to like this very much either, and shoot him dirty looks as they leave. Only some dwarves and a few men remain, and they go to bed without saying a word to Frodo, Sam, or Pippin.
-Mr. Mugwort: One of the Mugworts in The Prancing Pony. He’s trying desperately to convince Butterbur of Frodo’s disappearance. What a jerk.
If nothing else, it’s nice to see that Butterbur isn’t overly suspicious of Frodo. Perhaps that’s why Tom Bombadil recommended him so strongly. The guy’s got priorities, and as long as money changes hands, he’s all good. That’s more important to him than the ridiculous events that have transpired in his place of business tonight.
By the way, I like to refer to Aragorn by his true name as opposed to Strider, but no one here in Bree seems to know his real name, so on occasion I have to use Strider. I’m trying not to do so too often, since it could get confusing. Sorry if it is.
Tomorrow’s page is the last one of this chapter! I’m enjoying having so much action and so many different people around. In a lot of ways, and I think I brought this up in a way earlier, this scene feels a lot like the Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars. It’s a jumping-off point for everything else that’s about to happen.
“The Dwarves and the two or three strange Men that still remained got up and said good night to the landlord, but not to Frodo and his friends. Before…”