The Lord of the Rings – Fellowship part 1- chefhawk – HD

The Lord of the Rings – Fellowship part 1- chefhawk – HD


The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien When mr. bilbo baggins of bag-end
announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy first birthday
with a party of special magnificence there was much talk and excitement in
Hobbiton Bilbo was very rich and very peculiar and had been the wonder of the
shire for sixty years ever since his remarkable disappearance an unexpected
return the riches he had brought back from his travels had now become a local
legend and it was popularly believed whatever the old folk might say that the
hill at Bag End was full of tunnels stuffed with treasure and if that was
not enough of Fame there was also his prolonged vigour to marvel at time wore
on but it seemed to have little effect on mr. Baggins at 90
he was much the same as 50 at 99 they began to call him well preserved but
unchanged would have been nearer the mark they were son that shook their
heads and thought this was too much of a good thing it seemed unfair that anyone
should possess apparently perpetual youth as well as reputedly inexhaustible
wealth it will have to be paid for they said it isn’t natural and trouble
will come of it but so far trouble had not come and as mr. Baggins was generous
with his money most people were willing to forgive him
his oddities and his good fortune he remained on visiting terms with his
relatives except of course the sackville-bagginses and he had many
devoted admirers among the hobbits of poor and unimportant families but he had
no close friends until some of his younger cousins began to grow up the
eldest of these and Bilbo’s favourite was young Frodo Baggins
when Bilbo was 99 he adopted Frodo as his heir and brought him to live at Bag
End and the hopes of the sackville-bagginses were finally dashed
Bilbo in fro happen to have the same birthday
September the 22nd you had better come and live here Frodo my lad said Bilbo
one day and then we can celebrate her birthday parties comfortably together at
that time Frodo was still in his tweens as the hobbits called the irresponsible
20s between childhood and coming-of-age at 33 12 more years past
each year the Bagginses had given very lively combined birthday parties at Bag
End but now it was understood that something quite exceptional was being
planned for that autumn Bilbo was going to be eleventy one-one-one-one
a rather curious number and a very respectable age for a hobbit the otic
himself had only reached 130 and Frodo was going to be 33 3 3 an important
number the date of his coming of age tongues began to wag in Hobbiton and
Bywater and rumor of the coming event traveled all over the Shire the history
and character of mr. Bilbo Baggins became once again the chief topic of
conversation and the older folk suddenly found their reminiscences in welcome
demand no one had a more attentive audience than old Han Gamgee commonly
known as the gaffer he held forth at the ivy Bush a small Inn on the Bywater Road
and he spoke with some Authority for he attended the garden at Bag End for 40
years and had helped old Holman in the same job before that now that he was
himself growing old and stiff in the joints the job was mainly carried on by
his youngest son Sam Gamgee both father and son were on very friendly terms with
Bilbo and Frodo they lived on the hill itself in number 3 Bagshot row just
below back end oh very nice well-spoken gentle hobbit is mr. Bilbo as I’ve
always said the gaffer declared with perfect truth for Bilbo was very polite
to him calling him master Han fast and consulting him constantly upon the
growing of vegetables in the matter of roots
especially potatoes the cafe was recognized as the leading authority by
all in the neighborhood including himself but what about this Frodo that
lives with him asked old Noakes of Bywater
Maggie’s his name but each more than half a brandybuck they say beats me why
any baggage in all that you should go looking for a wife away there in bachlin
where folks are so queer no wonder they’re queer put in daddy two-foot the
gatha’s next-door neighbor if they live on the wrong side of the Brandywine
River and right again the old forest that’s a dark place of half the tales be
true you like that said the gaffer note that the brandybuck supported lived in
the old forest is there a queer breed seemingly they fall about with boats on
that big river and that’s thanks to natural small water the trouble came of
it I say but be that as it may mr. Frodo is as nice a young Hobbit issue could
wish to meet very much like mr. Bilbo add in more than looks after all his
father wasa backings a teach at respectable hop it was mr.
Drago Baggins well they never was much to tell him till he was drowned said
several voices they had heard this in other darker rumors before of course but
hobbits have a passion for family history and they were ready to hear it
again well so they say said the gaffer you see mr. trucco
he married poor miss premier brandybuck she was our mr. pibbles first cousin on
her mother’s side her mother being the youngest of the old tooks daughters and
mr. Drago was his second cousin so mr. Frodo is his first and second
cousin once removed Arthur why as the saying is if you follow me and mr. Drago
was staying at brandy hall with his father and all Master Corbin talk as he
often did after his marriage him being partial to his fit also an old go about
keeping a mighty generous table and he went out boating on the Brandywine River
and he and his wife were drowned it and poor mr. Frodo only a child and are they
when on the water after dinner in the moonlight said old Noakes and it was row
goes went that sunk the boat and I heard she pushed him him and he pulled her in
after him said sandy man the Hobbiton Miller you shouldn’t listen to all your
hair sandeman said the gaffer who did not much like the Miller there is no
call to go talking of question and pullin boats are quite tricky enough for
those that sit still without looking further for the cause of trouble anyway
there was this mr. Frodo left an orphan and stranded as you might say mumble
square both blunders being brought up anyhow in brandy Hall a regular
wareameye a lookouts vol master Gor battle never had fewer than a couple of
hundred rations in the place mr. Bilbo never did a kinder teeth and when he
brought the lad back to live among decent folk when I reckon it was a nasty
shock for those Sackville back in sis they thought they were going to get back
again that time when he went off and was thought to be dead then he comes back
and orders them off and goes on living alone I never look in a day older
blessed and suddenly he produces a mare and as all the papers made out proper
the Sackville packets it will never see them inside back in now or it is to be
hope not there’s a tidy bit of money tucked away up there I hear tell said a
stranger a visitor on business from mikkel delving in the West farthing all
the top of your Hill is full of tunnels parked with chests of gold and silver
and jewels by what I heard then you’ve heard more than I could speak to
answered the gaffer I know nothing about jewels mr. Bilbo’s free with his money
and there seems no lack of it but I know of no tunnel making I saw mr. pilfer
when he came back a matter of sixty years ago when I was a lad I’m not long
compressed old Holman him being my dad’s cousin but he had me up and by again I’m
helping him to keep folks from trampling in traipsing all over the garden while
the sale was on and in the middle of it all mr. Bilbo comes up the hill with a
pony and some mighty big bags and a couple of
chests I don’t doubt they were mostly full of treasure he had picked up in
foreign parts where there be mountains of gold they say but there wasn’t enough
to fill tunnels but my lad Sam will know more about that he’s in and out of
bag-end crazy about stories of the old days he
is and he listens to a little mr. Bilbo’s tales
mr. Bilbo has learned in his letters meaning no harm mark you and I hope no
harm will come of it elves in dragons Isis to him cabbages
and potatoes are better for me in you don’t go getting mixed up in the
business of your betters or you’ll land in trouble too big for you I faced him
and I might say it to others he added with a look at the stranger and the
Miller but the gaffer did not convince his audience the legend of Bilbo’s
wealth was now too firmly fixed in the minds of the younger generation of
hobbits but he is likely enough when added to what he brought hurt first
argued the Miller voicing common opinion he’s off and away from home and look at
the outlandish folk that visit him dwarfs come in at night and that old
wandering conjurer stand off and all you can say what you like effort but back
ends a queer place and it folk are queer and you can say what you like about what
you know no more than you do about mr. stand him retorted the gaffer disliking
the Miller even more than usual if that’s being queer and we could do with
a bit more queerness in these parts they are so not far away that wouldn’t offer
a pint of beer to a friend if they lived in a hole of gold and walls but they do
things pop right back in our Sam said that everyone’s going to be invited to
the party and there’s going to be presence mark you presence for all this
very month as is that very month was September and as
fine as you could ask a day or two later a rumor probably started by the
knowledgeable Sam was spread about that they were going to be fireworks
fireworks what is more such as had not been seen
in the Shire for nigh on a century but indeed since the oak Duke died days
passed and the day drew nearer an odd-looking wagon laden with odd-looking
packages rolled into Hobbiton one evening and toiled up the hill to Bag
End the startled hobbits peered out of lamp lit doors to gape at it it was
driven by outlandish folk singing strange songs dwarves with long beards
and deep woods a few of them remained at Bag End at the end of the second week in
September a cart came in through by water from the direction of the
Brandywine bridge in broad daylight an old man was driving it all alone he wore
a tall pointed blue hat a long grey cloak and a silver scarf he had a long
white beard and bushy eyebrows that stuck out beyond the brim of his hat
small Hobbit children ran after the car to all through poverty and right up the
hill it had a cargo of fireworks as they rightly guessed at Bobo’s front door the
old man began to unload there were great bundles of fireworks of
all sorts of shapes each labelled with a large red feein Orion G and the elf Ruth
gee that was Gandalf’s mark of course and the old man was gunned off the
wizard whose fame in the Shire was due mainly to his skill with fires smokes
and lights his real business was far more difficult
and dangerous but the shire-folk knew nothing about it to them he was
just one of the attractions at the party hence the excitement of The Hobbit
children Chifa grands they shouted now the old man smiled they knew him by
sight though he only appeared in Hobbiton occasionally and never stopped
long but neither they nor any but the oldest of their elders had seen one of
his firework displays they now belong to the legendary past when the old man
helped by Bill Burlinson dwarves had finished unloading they’ll go give a few
pennies away but not a single squib or cracker was forthcoming to the
disappointment of the old mangas runaway nun said Gandalf if you will get plenty
when the time comes then he disappeared its side with Bilbo and the door was
shut the young Hobbit stared at the door in vain for a while and then made off
feeling that the day of the party inside back-end Bilbo and Gandalf was
sitting at the open window of a small room looking out west on to the garden
the late afternoon was bright and peaceful the flowers glowed red and
golden snapdragons and sunflowers and distortions trailing all over the turf
walls and peeping in at the round windows her bright your garden looks
said Gandalf yes said Bilbo I’m very fond indeed of it and of all the deer Oh
Shire but I think I need a holiday you mean to go on with your plan then I do I
made up my mind months ago and I and I haven’t changed it very well it is no
good saying anymore stick to your plan your whole plan
marked and I hope it will turn out for the best for you and for all of us I
hope so anyway I mean to enjoy myself on Thursday and
have my little joke sir – Gandalf shaking his head we shall see said Bilbo
the next day more carts rolled up the hill and still more carts they might
have been some grumbling about dealing locally for that very week orders began
to pour out of Bag End for every kind of provision commodity or luxury that could
be obtained in Hobbiton or by water or anywhere in the neighbourhood people
became enthusiastic and they began to tick off the days on the calendar and
they watched eagerly for the postman hoping for invitations
before long the invitations began pouring out and The Hobbit and post
office was blocked in the Bywater post-office was snowed under and
voluntary assistant postman were called for there was a constant stream of them
going up the hill carrying hundreds of polite variations on thank you I shall
certainly come a notice appeared on the gated Bag End
no admittance except on party business even those who had or pretended to have
party business were seldom allowed inside Bilbo was busy writing
invitations ticking of answers packing up presents and making some private
preparations of his own from the time of Gandalf’s arrival he remained hidden
from view one morning the hobbits woke to find the large field south of
billables front door covered with ropes and poles 4/10 of the villians a special
entrance was cut into the bank leading to the road and wide steps at a large
white gate were built there and there the 3 hobbit families of bagshot row
adjoining the field were intensely interested and generally envied old
gaffer Genji stopped even pretending to work in his garden the tents began to go
up there was especially large pavilion so big that the tree that grew in the
field was right inside it and stood proudly near one end at the head of the
chief table lanterns were hung on all its branches more promising still to the
hobbits mind an enormous open-air kitchen was erected in the North corner
of the field a draught of cooks from every in an eating house from miles
around arrived to supplement the dwarves and other odd folk that reported at Bag
End excitement rose to its height when the weather clouded over that was
on Wednesday the eve of the party anxiety was intense then Thursday
September the 22nd actually dawned the son got up the clouds vanished flags
were unfurled and the fun began bilbo baggins called it a party but it
was really a variety of entertainments rolled into one
practically everybody living near was invited a very few were overlooked by
accident but as they turned up all the same that did not matter many people
from other parts of the Shire were also asked and there were even a few from
outside the borders Bilbo met the guests in additions at the
new white gate in person he gave away presents to all and sundry the latter
were those who went out again by a back way and came in again by the gate
hobbits give presents to other people and their own birthdays not very
expensive ones as a rule and not so lavishly as on this occasion but it was
not a bad system actually in Hobbiton and by water every day in the year it
was somebody’s birthday so that every hobbit in those parts had a fair chance
of at least one present at least once a week but they never got tired of them on
this occasion the presents were unusually good The Hobbit Children was
so excited that for a while they almost forgot about eating they were toys the
like of which they had never seen before all beautiful and some obviously magical
many of them had indeed been ordered a year before and had come all the way
from the mountain and from Dale and were of real dwarf minke when every guests
had been welcomed it was finally inside the gate there were songs dances music
games and of course food and drink there were three official meals lunch tea and
dinner or supper but lunch and tea were marked chiefly by
the fact that at those times all the guests were sitting down and eating
together at other times there were nearly lots of people eating and
drinking continuously from 11:00 cease until 6:30 when the fireworks started
the fireworks were by Gandalf they were not only brought by them but designed
and made by him and the special effects set pieces and flights of rockets were
let off by him but there was also a generous distribution of scripts
crackers vacker wrappers sparklers torches dwarf candles elf fountains
goblin Barker’s and thunderclaps they were all superb the art of Gondar
improved with age there were Rockets like a flight of scintillating birds
singing with sweet voices there were dream trees with trunks of dark smoke
their leaves opened like a whole spring unfolding in a moment and their shining
branches dropped glowing flowers down upon the astonished hobbits disappearing
with the sweet scent just before they touch their upturned faces there were
fountains of butterflies that flew littering into the trees there were
pillars of colored fires that rose and turned into proceedings or sailing ships
or a phalates of flying swans there was a red thunderstorm in a shot
of uranium there was a forest of silver Spears that sprang suddenly into the air
with a yell like an embattled army and came down again into the water with a
hiss like a hundred watt snakes and there was also one last surprise
in honor of Bilbo and it startled the hobbits exceedingly as Gandalf intended
the lights went out a great smoke went up it shaped itself like a mountain
singing in the distance and began to glow at the summit it spouted green and
scarlet flames out through a red golden dragon not life-size but terribly light
fire came from his jaws its eyes glared down there was a war and here is three
times over the heads of the crowd they all ducked and many fell flat on their
faces dragon passed like an express train
turned a somersault and burst over by water with the deafening explosion said
bill burn the pain an alarm vanished at once and the prostrate hobbits back to
their feet there was a spoon at supper for everyone
for everyone that is except those invited to the special family dinner
party this was held in the great cotillion at the tree the invitations
were limited to twelve dozen a number also called better hobbits one gross
further word was not considered proper to use of people and their guests were
selected from all the families to which Bilbo and Frodo were related with the
addition of a few special unrelated friends such as Gandalf many young
hobbits were included and present by parental permission four hobbits were
easygoing with their children in the matter of sitting up late especially
when there was a chance of getting them a free meal bringing up young hobbits
took a lot of provender there were many Bagginses and boffins
and also many Jukes and brandy bucks they were various grubs relations of
Bilbo Baggins grandmother and various chubs connections of his troupe
grandfather and a selection of Berossus foragers bracegirdle’s brach houses good
bodies Hornblower’s and crowd leaves some of these were only very distantly
connected with Bilbo and some of them had hardly ever been in Hobbiton before
as they lived in remote corners of the Shire the sackville-bagginses were not
football oh though and his wife Lavinia were present they disliked Bilbo and
detested Frodo but so magnificent was the invitation card written with golden
ink that they had felt it was impossible to refuse besides their cousin Bilbo had
been specializing in food for many years and his table had a high reputation
all the 144 guests expected a pleasant feast though they’d rather dreaded the
after-dinner speech of their host an inevitable item he was liable to drag in
bits of what he called poetry and sometimes after a glass or two would
allude to the absurd adventures of his mysterious journey the guests were not
disappointed they had a very pleasant feast in fact an engrossing
entertainment rich abundant married and prolonged the purchase of provisions
fell almost to nothing throughout the district in the ensuing weeks but as
Bilbo’s catering had depleted the stocks of most stores cellars in warehouses for
miles around that did not matter much after the feast
more or less came the speech most of the company were however now in a tolerant
mood at that delightful stage which they called filling up the cornice they were
sipping their favorite drinks and nibbling at their favorite dainty’s and
their fears were forgotten they were prepared to listen to anything and to
cheer at every full stop lies – plates they shouted and kept on repeating it in
chorus seeing a reluctant to follow their own advice they were left his
place and went and stood on a chair under the illuminated tree the light of
the lanterns fell on his beaming face the golden buttons shown on his
embroidered silk waistcoat they could all see him standing waving
one hand in the air the other was in his trouser pocket My dear
Bagginses and boffins he began again my dear tooth said brandy box and grubs
chubs and burros ears and horn flowers and Bolger’s bracegirdle’s good bodies
rock houses and proud folks proud feet shouted an elderly hobbit from the back
of the pavilion his name of course was Proudfoot and well-merited his feet were
large exceptionally furry and both were on the table Proudfoot repeated Bilbo
also my good sackville-bagginses that I welcome back at last to Bag End
today is my 111th birthday I’m 11 d1 today hooray hooray many happy returns
they shot and they handed joyously on the tables uber was doing splendidly
this was the sort of stuff they liked short as much as I am deafening cheers
cries of yes and no noises of trumpets and horns spikes and flutes and other
musical instruments their worth as has been said many young hobbits present
hundreds of musical crackers had been pulled most of them bore the mark
billion anthem which did not convey much to most of the hobbits but they all
agreed they were marvelous crackers they contained instruments small but of
perfect make and enchanting tones indeed in one corner some of the young Chuck’s
and brandy bucks supposing uncle Bilbo to have finished since he had plainly
said all that was necessary now got up an impromptu Orchestra and began a merry
dance tune master ever our two can missed Mele locked brandybuck got on the
table and with bills in their hands began to dance the spring ring a pretty
dance could rather vigorous but Bilbo had not finished seizing a horn from a
youngster nearby he blew three loud boots the noise subsided I shall not keep you
long he cried cheers from all the assembly I have called you all together
for a purpose something in the way that he said this made an impression there
was almost silence and one or two of the tucks pricked up their ears indeed for
three purposes first of all to tell you that I am immensely fond of you all and
that 11 t1 years is too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable
hobbits tremendous outburst of agreement I don’t know half of you half as well as
I should like and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve this
was unexpected and rather difficult there was some scattered clapping but
most of them were trying to work it out and see if it came to a compliment
secondly to celebrate my birthday cheers again I should say our birthday for it
is of course also the birthday of my heir and nephew Frodo he comes of age
and into his inheritance today some perfunctory clapping from the elders and
some loud shouts of Frodo Frodo jolly old Frodo from the Judas the
sackville-bagginses scowled and wondered what was meant by coming into his
inheritance together we score 144 your numbers were chosen to fit this
remarkable total one gross if I may use the expression no Cheers
this was ridiculous many of his guests and especially the sackville-bagginses
were insulted feeling sure they had only been asked to fill up the required
number like goods in a package pon gross indeed vulgar expression it is also if I
may be allowed to refer to ancient history
the anniversary of my arrival by barrel at as growth on the long lake though the
fact that it was my birthday slipped my memory on that occasion I was only 51 10
and birthdays did not seem so important the banquet was very splendid however
though I had a bad cold at the time I remember and could only say Doug you
worry butch I now repeated more correctly thank you very much for coming
to my little party obstinate silence they all feared that the song or some
poetry was now imminent and they were getting bored why couldn’t he stop
talking and let them drink his health the Builder did not sing or recite he
paused for a moment thirdly and finally he said I wish to make an announcement
this last word so loudly and suddenly that everyone sat up who still could I
regret to announce that though as I said eleven to one years is far too short a
time to spend among you this is the end I am going I am leaving now goodbye he stepped down and vanished
there was a blinding flash of light and the guests all blinked when they opened
their eyes Bilbo was nowhere to be seen 144 flabbergasted hobbits at speechless
old odour Proudfoot removed his feet from the table and stamped then there
was a dead silence until suddently after several deep breaths every bag in
spoken tooth brandybuck grub sharp furrows bulge a Bracegirdle Brockhouse
good warty Hornblower and Proudfoot began to talk at once it was generally
agreed that the joke was in very bad taste and more food and drink were
needed to cure guests of shock and annoyance was probably the most popular comment
even the tooks with a few exceptions thought bill toes
behavior was absurd for the moment most of them took it for granted that his
disappearance was nothing more than a ridiculous prank but old Rory brandybuck
was not so sure neither age nor an enormous dinner had clouded his wits and
he said to his daughter-in-law Esmeralda why worry he hasn’t taken at all with
all he called loudly to Frodo to send the wine round again Frodo was the only
one present who had said nothing for some time he had sat silent beside gobos
empty chair and ignored all remarks and questions he had enjoyed the jerk of
course even though he had been in the know he had difficulty in keeping from
laughter at the indignant surprise of the guests but at the same time he felt
deeply troubled he’d realized suddenly that he loved the old Hobbit dearly
most of the guests went on eating and drinking and discussing Bilbo Baggins
oddities past and present but the sackville-bagginses had already departed
in Wrath frota did not want to have any more to do with the party he gave orders
for more white to be served then he got up and drained his own glass silently to
the health of Bilbo and slipped out of the pavilion as for Bilbo Baggins even
while he was making his speech he had been fingering the golden ring in his
pocket his magic ring that he had kept secret for so many years as he stepped
down he stood on his finger and he was never seen by any Hobbit in Hobbiton
again he walked briskly back to his home and stood for a moment listening with a
smile to the din in the pavilion and to the sounds of merrymaking in other parts
of the field then he went in he took off his party clothes folded up in wrapped
in tissue paper his embroidered silk waistcoat and put it away then he put on
quickly some old untidy garments and fastened round his waist of worn leather
belt on it he hung a short sword in a battered black leather scabbard from a
locked drawer smelling of old mothballs he took out an old cloak and hood they
had been locked up as if they were very precious but they were so patched in
weather-stained that their original colour could hardly
be guessed it might have been dark green they were rather too large for him he
then went into his study from a large strongbox took out a bundle wrapped in
old clothes and a leather-bound manuscript and also a large bulky
envelope the book and bundle he stuffed into the top of a heavy bag that was
standing there already nearly full into the envelope he slipped his golden ring
and its fine chain and then sealed it and addressed it to Frodo
at first he put it on the mantelpiece but suddenly he removed it and stuck it
in his pocket at that moment the door opened and Gandalf came quickly in
oh hello said Bilbo though I wondered if you would turn up
I am glad to fight you for support replied the wizard sitting down in a
chair I wanted to catch you and have a few final words as oppose you feel that
everything has gone off splendidly according to plan yes I do he said Bilbo
though their flesh was surprising quite startled me let alone the others a
little addition of your own I suppose it was the earth wisely kept the ring
secret all these years and it seemed to me necessary to give your guests
something else it would seem to explain your sudden vanish Minh oh you are an
interfering old busy party laughs Bilbo but I expect you know best
as usual I do I know anything but I don’t feel too sure about this whole
affair just now come to the final point you’ve had your check and unarmed or
offended most of your relations I’m giving the whole shy or something to
talk about for nine days on i-29 more likely are you going any further yes I
am I feel I need a holiday a very long holiday as I have told you before
probably a permanent holiday I don’t expect I shall return in fact I don’t
intend I have made all arrangements removed Gandalf I don’t look it but I’m
beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts well preserved emptied he snorted
why I feel thin sort of stretched if you know what I mean like butter that has
been scraped over too much bread I can’t be right
I need a change or something Gandalf looked curiously and closely at
him no it does not seem right he said thoughtfully no after all
I believe if your plan is probably the best well I’ve made up my mind anyway I
want to see mountains again Gandalf mountains and then find somewhere where
I can rest in peace and quiet without a lot of relatives prying around and a
string of confounded visitors hanging on the Bell I might find somewhere when I
can finish my book I have thought of a nice ending for it and he lived happily
ever after to the end of his days Gandalf laughing I hope he will but
nobody will read the book however it ends oh they may he used to come Frodo
has read some already as far as it is gone you’ll keep an eye on Frodo won’t
you yes I will to eyes as often as I can spare them it would come with me of
course to I asked him in fact he offered to once just before the party but he
does not really want to yet I want to see the wild country again before I die
and the mountains but he is still in love with the Shire with the woods in
the fields and Little rivers he ought to be comfortable here I am leaving
everything to him of course except a few ordinance I hope he will be happy when
he gets used to being on his own it’s time he was his own master now
everything said Gandalf the ring as well you agree to that you remember well yes
I supposed to stand at Bilbo where is it you know envelope if you must know said
bill do and patiently bear on the mantelpiece well no here it is in my pocket he hesitated
isn’t that odd now he said softly to himself he had after all why not why
shouldn’t it stay there Gandalf looked again very hard at Bilbo and there was a
gleam in his eyes I think Boober he said quietly I should
leave it behind don’t you want to yes no now it comes to it I don’t feel like
parting with it at all and I say and I don’t really see why I should
why do you want me to he asked and a curious change came over his voice it
was sharp with suspicion and annoyance you you are always battering me about my
ring but you have never bothered me about the other things that I go to my
journey oh but I had to badger you said Gandalf I wanted the truth it was
important magic rings are well magical they are rare and curious
I was professionally interested in your ring you may say and I still have I
should like to know where it is if you go wandering again also I think you have
had it quite long enough you don’t need it anymore Bilbo unless I am quite
mistaken Bilbo flushed and there was an angry
light in his eyes his kindly face grew hard why not he cried and what business
is it of yours anyway to know what I do with my own things it is my own I found
it it came to me Hirst yes said Gandalf
there is no need to get angry if I am angry it is your fault said Bilbo it is
mine I tell you my own precious yes my precious the Wizards
face remained graven attentive and only a flicker in his deep eyes showed that
he was startled and indeed alarmed it has been called that before he sent but
not by you but I say it now and why not even if Gollum said the same once it’s
not his now but mine I shall keep with I said and off stood up he spoke Stern who
will be a fool if you do bow-bow he said you make that clearer and every word you
say it has got far too much hold on you let it go and then you can go yourself
and be free I’ll do as I choose and go as I pleased at Bilbo obstinately no now
my dear Hobbit said Gandalf whole your long life we have been friends do as you
promised well if you want my finger self say so
right Bilbo but she won’t get it I won’t give my precious away I tell you
his hand straight to the hilt of the small sword Gandalf eyes flashed it will
be my turn to get angry soon he said if you say that I can I shall
then you will see done dove the gray on quote he took a step towards the Hobbit
and he seemed to grow tall and menacing his shed have filled a little room
they’ll go back to way to the wall breathing hard his hand clutching at his
pocket they stood for a while facing one another and the air of the room tingled
Gandalf’s eyes remained bent on the Hobbit slowly his hands relaxed and he
began to tremble what has come over you can’t have he said you have never been
like this before what is it all about it is fine isn’t it I found it it golem
would have killed me if I hadn’t kept it I’m not a thief whatever he said I have
never called you one and Earth answered and I am NOT one either I’m not trying
to rob you but to help you I wish you would trust me as uu he turned away and
the shadow past he seemed to dwindle again into an old gray man bent and
troubled Bilbo threw his hand over his eyes I’m sorry he said and it would be a
relief in a way not to be bothered with it anymore it has been so growing on my
mind lately sometimes I have felt it was like an eye
looking at me I’m always wanting to put it all and disappear don’t you know a
wondering if it is safe and pulling it out to make sure I I tried looking it up
but I found I couldn’t rest without it in my pocket I don’t know why and I
don’t seem able to make up my mind then trust mine said Gandalf
it is quite made up go away and leave it behind
stop possessing it get it to further and I will look after you Bilbo stood for a
moment tense and undecided presently he signed he said with an
effort I will then he shrugged his shoulders
and smiled rather ruefully after all that’s what this party business was all
about really to give away lots of birthday presents and somehow make it
easier to give it away at the same time it hasn’t made it any easier in the end
but it would be a pity to waste all my preparations they would quite spoil the
joke indeed it would take away the only point I ever saw in the affair said
Gandalf very well said Bilbo it goes to fro down
with all the rest he drew a deep breath and now I really must be starting or
someone else will catch me I have said goodbye and I couldn’t bear to do it all
over again he picked up his bag and moved to the door you have still got the
ring said the wizard with my world and all the other documents do oh you you
had better take it and deliver it for me that would be safest no don’t give the
ring to me said Gandalf put it on the mantelpiece be safe enough there to
Frodo comes I shall wait for him they about took out the envelope but just as
he was about to sits by the clock his hand checked back and the packet fell on
the floor before he could pick it up the wizard
stooped and seized it and set it in its place a spasm of anger passed swiftly
over the hobbits face again suddenly it gave way to a look of relief
and well that’s that he said now I’m off
they went out into the hall Bilbo chose his favorite stick from the stand and
then he whistled three Dwarfs came out of different rooms where they had been
busy he’s everything already asked Bilbo everything packed and labeled everything
they answered well let’s start he stepped out of the front door it was a
fine night and the black sky was dotted with stars he looked up sniffing the air
what fun what fun to be off again off on the road with Wolves this is what I’ve
really been longing for for years goodbye he sent looking at his old home
and bowing to the door goodbye Gandalf goodbye for the present
Bilbo take care yourself you are old enough and perhaps myself take it I
don’t care don’t you worry about me I’m as happy now as I have ever been and
that is saying a great deal but the time has come
I’m being swept off my feet at last he added and then in a low voice as if to
himself he’s saying softly in the dark from the door where it began now far the
road has gone and I must follow if I can pursuing it with eager feet until it
join some larger way where many paths earner and speed and whither I cannot
say he paused silent for a moment then without another word he turned away from
the lights and voices in the fields and tents and followed by his three
companions went round into his garden and shuttered down the long sloping path
he jumped over a low place in the head at the bottom and took to the meadows
passing into the night like a rustle of wind in the grass
Gandalf remained for a while staring after him into the darkness
goodbye my dear Bilbo until our next meeting
he said softly and went back indoors Frodo came in soon afterwards confound
him sitting in the dark deep in thought as he called he asked yes answered
Gandalf here’s gone at last I wish I mean I
hoped until this evening that it was only a joke said Frodo but I knew in my
heart that he really meant to go he always used to joke about serious things
I wish I’d come back sooner just to see him off I think really he preferred
slipping off quietly in the end if Gandalf don’t be too troubled he’d be
all right well he left a package for you where it is floated took the envelope
from the mantelpiece and glanced at it but did not open it you’ll find his rule
and all other documents in there think said the wizard
you are the master Baggins now or so I fancy you will find the golden ring the
ring exclaimed Frodo has he left me that wonder why still may be useful it may
and it may not said Gandalf I should not make use of it how are you
but keep it secret and keep it safe now I am going to bed as master of backend
Frodo felt it his painful duty to say goodbye to the guests rumours of strange
events had by now spread all over the field that Frodo would only say no doubt
everything will be cleared up in the morning about midnight carriages came
for the important folk one by one they rolled away filled with formed but very
unsatisfied hobbits gardeners came by arrangement and removed in wheelbarrows
those that had inadvertently remained behind night slowly passed the Sun rose
the hobbits rose rather later morning went on people came and began by
orders to clear away the pavilions and the tables in the chairs and the spoons
and knives and bottles and plates in the lanterns and the flowering shrubs and
boxes and the crumbs and cracker paper of cotton bags and gloves and
handkerchiefs and the uneaten food a very small item then a number of other
people came without orders Bagginses and boffins and bulges and tucks and other
guests that lived or were staying near by midday when even the best fed were
out and about again there was a large crowd at Bag End uninvited but not
unexpected Frodo was waiting on the step smiling but looking rather tired and
worried he welcomed all the callers but he had not much more to say than before
his reply to all the inquiries was simply this mr. Baggins has gone away as
far as I know for good some of the visitors he invited to come inside as
bill burr had left messages for them inside in the hall there was piled a
large assortment of packages and parcels and small articles of furniture on every
item was a label tied there were several labels of this sort for our de lab shook
for his very own from Bitburg on an umbrella adil art had carried off many
unlabeled ones poor Dora bakken’s in memory of her long correspondence with
love from Bilbo on a large waste paper basket Dora was drugged her sister and
the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo
she was 99 and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century for
my low burros hoping it will be useful from Beebe on a gold pen and ink bottle
Milo never answered lettuce for Angelica’s use from uncle Bilbo on a
round convex mirror she was a young Baggins and two
obviously considered her face shapely for the collection of Hugo Bracegirdle
from a contributor on an empty bookcase Hugo was a great bore aware of books and
worse than usual returning them for lobelia sackville-baggins as a
present on a case of Silver Spoons bill burr believed that she had acquired a
good many of his spoons while he was away in his former journey nobody knew
that quite well when she arrived later in the day she took the point at once
but she also took the spoons this is only a small selection of the assembled
presence Bilbo’s residents had got rather
cluttered up with things in the course of his long life it was a tendency of
hobbit holes to get cluttered up for which the custom of giving so many
birthday presents was largely responsible not of course that the
birthday presents were always new they were one or two old math important uses
that had circulated all around the district
but Bilbo had usually given new presence and kept those that he received the old
hole was now being cleared a little every one of the various parting gifts
had labels written out personally by Bilbo and several had some point or some
joke but of course most of the things were given where they would be wanted
and welcomed the poorer hobbits and especially those of back shot row did
very well old gaffer Genji got two sacks of potatoes a new Spade a woolen
waistcoat and a bottle of ointment for creaking joints old Roary brandybuck in
return for much hospitality got a dozen bottles of old Winnie ins a strong red
wine from the South farthing and now quite mature as it had been laid down by
Bill Bowes father Rory quite forgave Bilbo and voted him a
capital fellow after the first bottle there was plenty of everything left for
Frodo and of course all the chief treasures as well as the books pictures
and more than enough furniture were left in his possession there was however no
sign no mention of money or jewelry not a penny piece or a glass bead was given
away Frodo had a very trying time that afternoon a false rumor that the whole
household was being distributed free spread like wildfire and before long the
place was packed with people who had no business there but could not be kept out
labels were torn off and mixed and quarrels broke out some people tried to
do swaps and deals in the hall and others tried to make off with minor
items not addressed to them all with anything that seemed
unwanted or unwatched the road to the gate was blocked with barrows and hand
carts in the middle of the commotion the sackville-bagginses arrived
Frodo had retired for a while and left his friend Mary brandybuck to keep an
eye on things whenever loudly demanded to see Frodo
Mary bowed politely he is indisposed he said he is resting why didn’t you beam
said Lavinia anyway we want to see him and we mean to see him just go and tell
himself Mary left them a long while in the hole and they had time to discover
their parting gift of spoons it did not improve their tempers eventually they
were shown into the study Frodo was sitting at a table with a lot of papers
in front of him he looked indisposed to see the sacral packet seized at any rate
and he stood up fidgeting with something in his pocket but he spoke quite
politely the sackville-bagginses were rather offensive they began by offering
him at bargain prices as between friends or various valuables and unlabeled
things when Frodo replied that only the things especially directed by Bilbo are
being given away they said the whole affair was very fishy only one thing is
clear to me so don’t phone and that is that you’re doing a CD well out of it I
insist on seeing the will oh they would have been Bilbo’s air but or the
adoption of Frodo he read the will carefully and snorted it was
unfortunately very clear and correct according to the legal customs of
hobbits would demand among other things seven signatures of witnesses in red ink
he said to his wife and after waiting sixty years
spores Fiddlesticks he snapped his fingers under Frodo’s nose and stumped
off but Lavinia was not so easily got rid of a little later Frodo came out of
the study to see how things were going on and found her still about the place
investigating nooks and corners and tapping the floors he escorted her
firmly of the premises after he had relieved her of several small but rather
valuable articles that had somehow fallen inside her umbrella
her face looked as if she was in the throes of thinking out a really crushing
parting remark but all she found to say turning round on the step was you’ll
live to regret it young fellow why didn’t you go to you
don’t belong here you’re no baggins you you’re a brandybuck did you hear that
Mary there was an insult if you like said Frodo as he shut the door on her I
was a compliment said Mary brandybuck and so of course not true

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