Why, raise the proletariat, of course.
Merry proposes the idea that they raise an alarm to urge hobbits into action. It’s clear that many don’t like this new regime, but they’re too afraid to do anything about it. They need leadership and coordination, which are the exact sorts of things that these four hobbits learned in their travels. Sam makes to ride off to the Cotton farm, while Merry blows the horn given to him from Rohan. Its call is answered by others from around the Shire.
Sam arrives at the Cotton household, and is met by the family. At first they prepare to defend themselves, but then see that Sam is no threat.
Unity for the hobbits! Instead of being a scattered, insular, yet peaceful people, perhaps they have it in them to organize and enact change. There might be some inherent political message here, but I’ve never thought of this book as one that has heavy-handed themes. In fact, I’ve heard that the only message Tolkien ever acknowledged is the theme of deforestation evident in the ents’ story. Hard to disprove that one.
Thankfully, the plan is working, and quite immediately. In a way, they’re the Paul Revere of hobbits…
Even though it’s been said that most of the Paul Revere legend is fabricated.
No one dies today.
“‘He’s here and his friends.'”