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Chapter 5: A Conspiracy Unmasked VIII

Nerdanel
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Nov 24 2007, 10:42pm


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After a certain amount of dithering (should we wait for Gandalf or leave now? could the Riders get into Buckland at night/in the daytime/by force?) the hobbits decide to head east before daybreak, and to depart through the Old Forest to avoid any watching Riders or busybodies. (We will save our discussions of the Old Forest until derwyn takes us there next week.) Fredegar Bolger is horrified; he has spent all his life in the Bolgers' ancestral home of Budgeford in the Bridgefields but, we are informed, "he had never been over the Brandywine Bridge." Fredegar's role in the expedition will be to stay at Crickhollow and pretend to be Frodo for as long as he can. "They little thought how dangerous that part might prove."

It turns out that Merry has done all the shopping and packing for the expedition and has six ponies ready to go on an hour's notice. (All without attracting the notice or curiosity of any Bucklanders, of course.)

Isn't Fredegar across the Brandywine Bridge now? Apart from the danger posed by Black Riders, Fredegar has undertaken to stay alone in a secluded house on the eastern edge of a community of hobbits generally regarded as peculiar. We've been told that hobbits in the Marish from Stock to Rushy acknowledge the Master of the Hall, but Budgeford is not in the Marish. Let's give Fatty some credit here.

Merry is certainly a useful friend to have! Do you have a friend like Merry? We've already talked about how his character is diminished in the movies, but even in the books his evident talents seem to be wasted once we leave Buckland, aren't they?

The hobbits complete their packing and go to bed. At first, Frodo could not sleep, but:

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Eventually he fell into a vague dream, in which he seemed to be looking out of a high window over a dark sea of tangled trees. Down below among the roots there was the sound of creatures crawling and snuffling. He felt sure they would smell him out sooner or later.
Then he heard a noise in the distance. At first he thought it was a great wind coming over the leaves of the forest. Then he knew that it was not leaves, but the sound of the Sea far-off; a sound he had never heard in waking life, though it had often troubled his dreams. Suddenly he found he was out in the open. There were no trees after all. He was on a dark heath, and there was a strange salt smell in the air. Looking up he saw before him a tall white tower, standing alone on a high ridge. A great desire came over him to climb the tower and see the Sea. He started to struggle up the ridge towards the tower: but suddenly a light came in the sky, and there was a noise of thunder.


What do you think about Frodo's dream?

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Chapter 5: A Conspiracy Unmasked VIII Nerdanel Send a private message to Nerdanel Nov 24 2007, 10:42pm
    Over the Bridge dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Nov 24 2007, 11:49pm
        Hammond and Scull come to the same conclusion. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Nov 25 2007, 12:03am
            Oops, that's right, dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Nov 25 2007, 3:22am
        Crossing the border Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Nov 25 2007, 1:43am
    Thoughts. Curious Send a private message to Curious Nov 25 2007, 1:23am
        Nice. What do you make of Nerdanel Send a private message to Nerdanel Nov 25 2007, 2:12am
            I think Tolkien was influenced by English follies. Curious Send a private message to Curious Nov 25 2007, 2:56am
                Follies! GaladrielTX Send a private message to GaladrielTX Nov 25 2007, 3:20am
            Perilous Seas In Fairy Lands Forlorn a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Nov 25 2007, 10:49pm
            Here's the real meaning of the Beowulf analogy. Curious Send a private message to Curious Nov 27 2007, 9:03pm
    In dreams FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 25 2007, 12:11pm
        Yay NEB! Curious Send a private message to Curious Nov 25 2007, 2:38pm
            "where a man built a tower purely for the view of the sea" GaladrielTX Send a private message to GaladrielTX Nov 25 2007, 3:32pm
            I don't like to think of that tower as a folly FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 25 2007, 6:08pm
                You might need to read up more on follies. Curious Send a private message to Curious Nov 25 2007, 6:22pm
                    You might need to assign a deeper value to being able to see the sea./ Nerdanel Send a private message to Nerdanel Nov 25 2007, 6:25pm
                        I don't understand./ Curious Send a private message to Curious Nov 25 2007, 6:53pm
                I'm sorry, I didn't mean to sound snide. Curious Send a private message to Curious Nov 25 2007, 6:52pm
                    That's okay. FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 25 2007, 7:44pm
                        Since when did Tolkien care about "useful" towers? Curious Send a private message to Curious Nov 25 2007, 8:19pm
                            Amon Sul was useful FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 25 2007, 10:58pm
                                Did you see what Nerdanel said about the rock garden? Curious Send a private message to Curious Nov 26 2007, 3:14am
                                New or lovely? N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Nov 26 2007, 10:50pm
                                    Beautiful and meaningful FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 27 2007, 8:31am
                            I think the idea of the tower for seeing the sea evolved Nerdanel Send a private message to Nerdanel Nov 26 2007, 1:02am
                                Very interesting! Curious Send a private message to Curious Nov 26 2007, 3:20am
                Sarehole Mill. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Nov 26 2007, 10:46pm
        Thanks for the nice image of the tower! // elostirion74 Send a private message to elostirion74 Nov 26 2007, 11:45am
        Which class are the Sackville-Bagginses? N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Dec 6 2007, 8:34pm
    are we a friend like Merry? That's the question a.s. Send a private message to a.s. Nov 25 2007, 11:59pm
        Actually, Nerdanel Send a private message to Nerdanel Nov 26 2007, 1:03am
    First of all--this is one of my fave chapters in FotR elentari3018 Send a private message to elentari3018 Dec 21 2007, 7:34am

 
 
 

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