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TIME - September 25

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Today in Middle-earth

September 25, 2941 (S.R. 1341)
1. Sauron appears in Mordor
(not from the appendices)
[Mordor!!] "That name the hobbits only knew in legends of the dark past, like a shadow in the background of their memories, but it was ominous and disquieting. It seemed that the evil power in Mirkwood had been driven out by the White Council only to reappear in great strength in the old strongholds of Mordor. The Dark Tower had been rebuilt... ...From there the power was spreading far and wide, and away far east and south there were wars and growing fear. Orcs were multiplying again in the mountains. Trolls were abroad, no longer dull-witted, but cunning and armed with dreadful weapons. And there were murmured hints of creatures more terrible than all these, but they had no name."


September 25, 3018 (S.R. 1418)
1. The hobbits come to Maggot's Farm.
(not from the appendices)
..."'I know these fields and this gate!' [Pippin] said. 'We are on old Farmer Maggot's land. That must be his farm away there in the trees.'
... 'One trouble after another!' said Frodo, looking nearly as much alarmed as if Pippin had declared the lane was the slot leading to a dragon's den....
... 'What's wrong with old Maggot?' asked Pippin. 'He's a good friend to all the Brandybucks. Of course he's a terror to trespassers, and keeps ferocious dogs—but after all, folk down here are near the border and have to be more on their guard.'
... 'I know... ...I am terrified of him and his dogs. I have avoided his farm for years and years. He caught me several times trespassing after mushrooms, when I was a youngster at Brandy Hall. On the last occasion he beat me, and then took me and showed me to his dogs. "See, lads," he said, "next time this young varmint sets foot on my land, you can eat him…'

...…Suddenly as they drew nearer a terrific baying and barking broke out, and a loud voice was heard shouting: 'Grip! Fang! Wolf! Come on, lads!'
...Frodo and Sam stopped dead, but Pippin walked on a few paces. The gate opened and three huge dogs came pelting out into the lane, and dashed towards the travellers, barking fiercely…. …Through the gate there now appeared a broad thick-set hobbit with a round red face. 'Hallo! Hallo! And who may you be, and what may you be wanting?' he asked.
... 'Good afternoon, Mr. Maggot!' said Pippin.
...The farmer looked at him closely. 'Well, if it isn't Master Pippin--Mr. Peregrin Took, I should say!' he cried, changing from a scowl to a grin...

...…Pippin introduced the other two to the farmer. 'Mr. Frodo Baggins,' he said. 'You may not remember him, but he used to live at Brandy Hall.' At the name Baggins the farmer started, and gave Frodo a sharp glance. For a moment Frodo thought that the memory of stolen mushrooms had been aroused, and that the dogs would be told to see him off. But Farmer Maggot took him by the arm.
...'Well, if that isn't queerer than ever!' he exclaimed. 'Mr. Baggins is it? Come inside! We must have a talk… …What do you think that funny customer asked me?' "…Have you seen Baggins?" he asked in a queer voice, and bent down towards me. I could not see any face, for his hood fell down so low; and I felt a sort of shiver down my back. But I did not see why he should come riding over my land so bold."
...'"Be off!" I said. "There are no Bagginses here. You're in the wrong part of the Shire. You had better go back west to Hobbiton--but you can go by road this time...."'

...…Maggot looked at [Frodo] thoughtfully. 'Well, I see you have ideas of your own,' he said. 'It is as plain as my nose that no accident brought you and that rider here on the same afternoon; and maybe my news was no great news to you, after all. I am not asking you to tell me anything you have a mind to keep to yourself; but I can see you are in some kind of trouble. Perhaps you are thinking it won't be too easy to get to the Ferry without being caught?'
...'I was thinking so... ....I am afraid we must be going. Thank you very much indeed for your kindness! I've been in terror of you and your dogs for over thirty years, Farmer Maggot, though you may laugh to hear it. It's a pity: for I've missed a good friend....'
...'You'll be welcome when you come,' said Maggot. 'But now I've a notion… …after a bit of supper, I'll get out a small waggon, and I'll drive you all to the Ferry. That will save you a good step, and it might also save you trouble of another sort.'
...Frodo now accepted the invitation gratefully, to the relief of Pippin and Sam.

... …They reached the entrance to the Ferry lane at last…. …They were just beginning to scramble out, when suddenly they heard what they had all been dreading: hoofs on the road ahead. The sound was coming towards them….
...'…You'd better be hidden, Mr. Frodo,' said Sam anxiously. 'You get down in the waggon and cover up with blankets, and we'll send this rider to the rightabouts!' He climbed out and went to the farmer's side. Black Riders would have to ride over him to get near the waggon.
...Clop-clop, clop-clop. The rider was nearly on them.
...'Hallo there!' called Farmer Maggot. The advancing hoofs stopped short. They thought they could dimly guess a dark cloaked shape in the mist, a yard or two ahead.
...'Now then!' said the farmer... 'Don't you come a step nearer! What do you want and where are you going?'
...'I want Mr. Baggins. Have you seen him?' said a muffled voice...."

2. The Conspiracy Unmasked
(not from the appendices)
..."'It's coming out in a minute,' whispered Pippin to Merry. Merry nodded.
...'Well!' said Frodo at last, sitting up and straightening his back, as if he had made a decision. 'I can't keep it dark any longer. I have got something to tell you all. But I don't know quite how to begin.'
...'I think I could help you,' said Merry quietly, 'by telling you some of it myself.'
...'What do you mean?' said Frodo, looking at him anxiously.
...'Just this, my dear old Frodo: you are miserable, because you don't know how to say good-bye. You meant to leave the Shire, of course. But danger has come on you sooner than you expected, and now you are making up your mind to go at once... ...We know the Ring is no laughing matter; but we're going to do our best to help you against the Enemy.'
...'The Ring!' said Frodo, now completely amazed...

...'...we formed our own conspiracy... ...You are not a very easy nut to crack, and Gandalf is worse. But if you want to be introduced to our chief investigator, I can produce him.'
...'Where is he?' said Frodo, looking round, as if he expected a masked and sinister figure to come out of a cupboard.
...'Step forward, Sam!' said Merry; and Sam stood up with a face scarlet up to the ears. 'Here's our collector of information! And he collected a lot, I can tell you, before he was finally caught. After which, I may say, he seemed to regard himself as on parole, and dried up.'
...'Sam!' cried Frodo, feeling that amazement could go no further... '...It all depends on what you want,' put in Merry. 'You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin—to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours—closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo. Anyway: there it is. We know most of what Gandalf has told you. We know a good deal about the Ring. We are horribly afraid—but we are coming with you; or following you like hounds....'
...'And after all, sir,' added Sam, 'you did ought to take the Elves' advice. Gildor said you should take them as was willing, and you can't deny it.
...'I don't deny it,' said Frodo, looking at Sam, who was now grinning. 'I don't deny it, but I'll never believe you are sleeping again, whether you snore or not. I shall kick you hard to make sure.'"



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TIME - September 20 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 20 2017, 10:34am
    TIME - September 21 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 21 2017, 9:38am
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                TIME - September 24 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 24 2017, 12:05pm
                The White Council at Dol Guldur Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Sep 24 2017, 7:07pm
                    Ah... grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 24 2017, 7:48pm
                        Hmmm... Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Sep 25 2017, 12:18am
                            You're right grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 25 2017, 10:50am
                                Oh, I understand completely, gramma. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Sep 25 2017, 1:16pm
                                    *looks in mirror* grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 25 2017, 9:49pm
                TIME - September 25 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 25 2017, 10:45am
                    TIME - September 26 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 26 2017, 11:37am
                        TIME - September 27 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 27 2017, 10:51am
                            *psst* Gramma... diedye Send a private message to diedye Sep 27 2017, 4:45pm
                                *gasp* diedye!!!!! :D grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 27 2017, 5:22pm
                            TIME - September 28 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 28 2017, 12:04pm
                                TIME - September 29 [for weaver 6/29/16] grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 29 2017, 12:23pm
                                    TIME - September 30 grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 30 2017, 11:45am
                                The Company in Lake-town Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Sep 29 2017, 3:00pm
                                    *blink, blink* grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 29 2017, 9:00pm
                                        Typo! Thanks for noticing. Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Sep 29 2017, 9:18pm
                                            *snigger* Too Truuue! // grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Sep 30 2017, 11:54am

 
 
 

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