Chapter Three: Three Is Company-Part One

Even after Gandalf explains to Frodo that the ring is indeed the One Ring, Frodo doesn’t make any sign of leaving for the next two to three weeks. Frodo was very reluctant to go. In fact, the only thing that made it bearable was the thought that he would be following Bilbo and would be able to see him again after Frodo almost doubled his age. He thought little about the ring and the fate of it in the end.

Gandalf explains to Frodo that he is not to tell anyone he is leaving at all. Certainly not where he is going. Frodo himself doesn’t even know where he is to go. In Gandalf’s opinion, he should make for Rivendell, which Frodo would be delighted to do, and Sam even more so.

Quite a bit later, a rumor began to spread that Frodo was selling Bag End. The hobbits were uncertain why he would do so. There were many theories, of course, being hobbits and all. What’s worse is that he was selling it to the Sackville-Bagginses! But everyone had the common belief that Frodo was going back to Buckland.

After two months in Bag End, Gandalf announced he was leaving to take care of some business. He tells Frodo to stick to his plan unless Gandalf sent word for him to change them. Most importantly, he tells Frodo not to use the ring.

Time quickly passes and Frodo and Bilbo’s birthday comes. They celebrate and forget their troubles a little while. Gandalf does not come.

Interestingly, as Frodo spends his last day in Bag End, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins shows up, pridefully grasping what is now hers, and to show that Frodo did not respect her for how rude she is it says, “Frodo did not offer her any tea.” I find it funny that this is the most disrespectful thing one can do to another. Awe, the British and their tea. It’s great.

As Frodo is preparing finally to leave, he over hears Gaffer and someone with a strange voice discussing Frodo’s leave taking. Gaffer tells the person what all the hobbits had believed about Frodo going to Buckland. This makes Frodo hugely paranoid and decides not to take the main road. And thus his adventure finally begins.

Together, Frodo, Sam, and Pippin made their way on foot toward Frodo’s “new home,” where Merry is waiting.

The three hobbits walk for what seems like forever. Frodo finds himself repeating the words of Bilbo’s song, The Road Goes Ever On and On. What Frodo doesn’t realize is that it was Bilbo he heard it from. He feels as though he made it up, in a way, but he thinks that it certainly does sound like Bilbo’s rhyming.

As they continue walking, Sam says he hears a horse galloping far behind them. Frodo hopes that it is Gandalf, but he has a feeling that it is not. Because of this, Frodo suggests that they stay off the road.

The next part is almost exactly like it is in the movie adaptation. Frodo stands in the middle of the road, hesitating to get off the road as his friends are already hiding. Finally he hides with them as a huge, black horse turns the corner. When the horse and it’s hooded rider reach the spot adjacent to where the three are hiding, the rider sits quietly, making a sound as if he is sniffing.

As the rider and his horse stand there, Frodo suddenly feels a fear that he will be discovered. He finds himself thinking about the ring and fingering it. He feels tempted to use it. Bilbo had used it. So why should Frodo not use it? The rider slowly begins to trot away until it is out of sight, and Frodo’s temptation fades.

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