Yes, it’s a new chapter, and yes, it’s the shortest chapter title I think we’ll see ever. However, it’s Strider, meaning Aragorn, meaning things are about to get real.
Frodo, Sam, and Pippin return to their room, and find it empty. Merry must be out, as he said he might be. However, they’re not alone. Aragorn has followed them, and is now sitting nonchalantly nearby. He mentions how Frodo agreed to have a chat. He wants to give the hobbits advice, but will only do so for a price.
His terms are that, if he gives his information, he will be allowed to accompany the hobbits forward. Naturally, Frodo disagrees, wanting to know more about this mysterious Ranger before he just teams up with them. Aragorn assents to this, and agrees to give his information first, then let Frodo decide what to do.
As it turns out, Aragorn was watching the hobbits from the woods as they emerged onto the East Road and parted with Tom Bombadil…
Oh, that’s all we get today. More to come.
Wait, what is this about Aragorn needing a reward for helping Frodo out? I thought he was supposed to be an upstanding gentleman, even if he is a bit sketchy. I guess we’re supposed to be suspicious of him. Sorry, that doesn’t work when I already know that he’s destined to be the king of the reunited kingdoms of men.
Of course, there are other strange things to wonder at. Frodo is worried that Strider’s reward means payment, and he didn’t take much money with him on their journey. However, Aragorn assures the hobbits that they will be able to afford what he wants, seemingly reading Frodo’s mind. HE’S THAT GOOD.
God, I’m glad Aragorn’s finally here. There’s only so much of these hobbits I think I can take. Seriously, things are about to get real, so his appearance means we’re getting closer. Think about it: this entire story is slightly over 1000 pages. We’re 150 in. Divided into three, that 1000 goes down to around 333, meaning we’re closing in on halfway through Fellowship. Really? Yes, numerically speaking. There’s a lot left to do, but it will start to happen faster.
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“‘I need not repeat all that they said to old Bombadil…'”