Butterbur finally realizes that it’s Aragorn – his mysterious Strider – that has become king of men. That elicits a lot of this:
This does seem to confirm that better times are coming for Bree. Butterbur is ready to turn in for the night when he remembers one more thing. Bill the pony, who Sam took along with them once upon a time ago, has returned! He found his way back to Bree, messy and hungry, but alive. Sam demands to see him.
The four hobbits and Gandalf stay in Bree the next day, and interest grows in their appearance. Butterbur’s business is good the next night.
I’m gathering that this means we’ll be moving on from Bree soon. I think we’ve exhausted the possibilities here. Butterbur’s story is tied up (and Bill the pony’s), and he’s ready for his happily-ever-after. Pretty much everyone else has had that moment. The hobbits just need to get back to the Shire to have theirs.
Unfortunately, it’s not like I see the end of the chapter approaching. I’m thinking we have one more left after this, but I guess it could be possible to squeeze two more in. We’re looking at 16 more pages, so two short chapters wouldn’t be crazy.
I know I could look this stuff up, but it’s about the journey!
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
Because that’s a totally necessary word. Why not?
No one dies today.
“For a while out of…”