A Conspiracy Unmasked-Part 1

The chapter starts with Merry suggesting they go home. I don’t blame him. He didn’t know what’s ahead of them.
The hobbits are on Buckleburry ferry, starting away from the shore. Not as dramatic as in the movies, and definitely not resulting in a giant splinter in Merry’s foot, as actor Dominic Monaghan experienced while filming.
Tolkien goes on to explain history behind Buckland, where the Brandybucks live, which is right next to the ferry and is interrelated with its history.
It is explained that Buckland is not like the rest of the Shire, for they do many things differently.
Sam was the only among them that hadn’t been across the river before. His old life lay behind them, and would never be the same.
Sam suddenly whispers for Frodo to look back. That is when the group encounters the black rider that follows them, and caused the panicked escape to the ferry in the movies.
The group plans to stay with Fatty Bolger, and together they decide they could do with another supper. Merry heads on ahead of the group to warn Fatty.
They arrive at Frodo’s “new home” in Crick Hollow. No lights are lit, possibly to keep visitors away. Inside, Frodo decides that it feels much like home and says he likes it.
The hobbits set their minds on taking a bath, and Merry merrily informs them that they, in fact, have three bathtubs. Then they begin to sing.
They then had supper as they discuss the day’s events. Then it comes time for Frodo to explain why there are black riders looking for the Bagginses.
The other hobbits guess that it had much to do with Bilbo’s old treasures. Frodo decides that it’s far past time he tells them what is going on.
As Frodo thinks of what to say, Pippin shots out that they all knew he was going to leave, for her want careful or clever enough to keep that from his closest friends and relatives.
And Frodo, feeling a little offended and silly, begins his story.


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