Here we come a-waylaying!
I would continue this joke with a elaborate exploration into the practice of a-wassailing, but I’m very confused by that concept. It’s too late for me to exercise my brain right now.
This page has some great explanations from Robin Smallburrow! Let’s hear them.
Sam calls Robin out for once being a decent hobbit who enjoyed inns around the Shire. How hypocritical of him that he now works on the crew that keeps the inns closed! Yes, though it is sad, Robin does what he’s told. He became a Shirriff seven years ago, but only recently did the Chief bring men in to trouble the Shire. Sam suggests that he quit his job. Well, that isn’t so easy. It’s another thing that the hobbits aren’t allowed to do, along with travel and drink beer. Gasp! In fact, more and more Shirriffs are being hired, some more inclined to the shadier prospects of the Chief.
Robin tells Sam of some hobbits who work as spies. They work as a part of the former postal service, and run messages from town to town. One arrived recently with the news of Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin.
-the First Eastfarthing Troop: The collection of Shirriffs of which Robin is a part. I would assume that there are many of these troops, at least one in each farthing, and probably more.
-the Quick Post: Shire mail/personal telegram service! Send a hobbit running to get things from place to place!
-Whitfurrows: A small town between Frogmorton and the Brandywine Bridge.
Are we learning more about the Shire now than we did at the beginning? Well, possibly. We’re in different parts of it now, and there’s so much that we never heard about in the first place. It’s always refreshing to hear about new things, and more so when we’re learning more about places that we’ve already visited overall. The Shire is a big place, and well thought out. We could go on for days.
It’s like…what if somebody dragged something like this out over years, maybe even each and every day? What would that be like?
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Yes, Shirriff also comes in verb form. Flourdumpling, meanwhile, is a nickname for Will Whitfoot, the Mayor of the Shire, though deposed currently. We learned earlier that he isn’t exactly a svelte man.
No one dies today.
“‘The Chief wants to see you at once, evidently.'”