I spent most of the day talking to skaters and various other counter-culture peers of mine on the phone!
So, sorry if I drop some words that seem out of place, bro.
End of chapter! Hoorah! Today’s post will probably be a little short, because we don’t have any First Mentions or Words My Computer Didn’t Like, plus the text is only like half a page.
On today’s (half) page, Gandalf continues talking about how he’s going to leave Bag End, and that he’ll be back as quietly as possible. (Without all the pomp and circumstance that was involved in Bilbo’s party.) He understands that some hobbits are rather suspicious of him. Some even think he spirited Bilbo away somehow. Frodo knows how ridiculous this sounds, and is really starting to wish that he could leave the Shire himself. Gandalf says his good-bye, and goes off, with Frodo watching him out the door into the night.
Yeah, you just know all of Frodo’s wishes are going to come true. Want to see Bilbo again? It’ll happen. Want to leave the Shire and go on an adventure? That will most CERTAINLY happen.
Also interesting is that Frodo admits that he would give the Sackville-Bagginses Bag End if he were able to go see Bilbo again. I don’t recall what happens to Bag End at the very end of the book, but do they steal it from Frodo just like they did to Bilbo? Whichever, these hobbits just suck in every which way, but Frodo is still willing to give them Bag End if he were to leave? That’s just not fair. They don’t deserve it. At least in my opinion.
And so, end of Chapter 1, A Long-expected Party. Bilbo and Gandalf have left, and Frodo remains with Bag End and this mysterious ring…
“Frodo did not see him again for a long time.”