And finally we come to that part a lot of people forget about: that there’s actually a little more plot to be had.
Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin arrive at the Brandywine Bridge after dark. They find two gates – one on each side of the bridge – barring their entry to the Shire. Upon knocking and banging around, a voice scolds them for trying to get in after sundown. Sam’s threats in response bring out a whole slew of hobbits. Merry recognizes one, and starts trying to play on his emotions to let them all in.
Even though this fellow does know Merry, and is surprised to see him alive, he’s reluctant to disobey orders from “the Chief” up at Bag End.
-Hob Hayward: A hobbit of Buckland who Merry knows. Seems to be getting old.
-the Hay Gate: A gate in the Hedge surrounding Buckland on the northern side.
Putting two and two together, Hob used to be a guard at the Hay Gate, but Merry is surprised to see him up here. Hob’s surname, Hayward, certainly tells a bit of his family history. Where does Hob live? Oh, you know, hayward. And thus, the Haywards.
Now, Hob finds himself a part of this strange hobbit “militia”. It’s an odd thing to find in the Shire, which is normally such a peaceful place. Yes, something is indeed up here, though no one wants to give specifics quite yet.
Meanwhile, “the Chief” running things at Bag End is a departure from the typical Shire government, where a Mayor presided over the land from Michel Delving. I know this because it came up way at the beginning, and I found it interesting. I remembered!
And that’s all so far. No indication that we’re ending soon, even though we’re coming up on only 10 pages left. This will probably move quickly. No more trudges through uninhabited lands for dozens of pages on end.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
A good little brace of hyphenated words today. I like those two, even if they are a bit strange.
No one dies today.
“‘It won’t do no good…'”