Yes, one more journey. No, we won’t be following it closely. Frodo’s leaving.
Having never found true happiness back in the Shire, Frodo intends to leave Middle-earth on a ship with the elves and Bilbo. As ring-bearers, they are allowed to join. Frodo wishes for Sam to ride with them, at least to the Grey Havens, before returning home. He has so much more to live for back in the Shire, and Frodo wants him to go live his life to its fullest.
And so, they ride, passing through the Shire hardly noticeably.
-Frodo: A future child of Sam’s, when he finally does have a boy.
-Rosie: Another future Gamgee, named for her mother.
-Merry: Sensing a pattern?
-Goldilocks: What?! That’s not someone we know.
-Pippin: Okay, Sam does eventually name his children after all his friends.
So…no one can see them? I see this one way: Galadriel’s ring still has some of its power. We learned earlier (MUCH earlier) that her ring, Nenya, has the power of hiding things its owner wishes to keep hidden. Is she using it now? Unfortunately, the power is leaving the Three as the One Ring has been destroyed, but perhaps there’s enough left in there to help the band along their way. I actually totally see the value in going about unnoticed. This wouldn’t be a good time for random hobbits to be running up to Elrond and Galadriel, wanting to hang out with some elves.
Anyway, just like Bilbo planned his departure from the Shire, it looks like Frodo has been thinking about this for quite a while. He doesn’t have the things keeping him there like Sam does. Frodo even takes a theoretical glimpse into Sam’s future, seeing more children and Sam being elected Mayor. All of these things eventually come true.
(Sam and Rosie end up have 13 children in total, in case you were curious.)
No one dies today.
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