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T.A. 3018 - The Fellowship of the Ring departs Rivendell at dusk.
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The Fellowship of the Ring
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Book I - Chapter 5
A Conspiracy Unmasked

Carol Emory Phenix
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As the four hobbits cross the Brandywine River on the ferry, they look book and see that they have once again narrowly escaped the Black Riders, one of which can be seen on the landing which they just left. The scared hobbits hurry on through the night to Frodo's new home.

At Crickhollow they find Fatty Bolger preparing supper and a hot bath. The three weary travelers gladly relax, but Frodo makes up his mind that he must leave the Shire at once. With the Black Riders following, there is no time to waste.

Frodo is at first shock and dismayed when he learns that Sam has shared his secret with Merry, Pippin and Fatty. They all know his plan to leave, and they all intend to come with him. His shock turns to joy when he realizes what good friends he has, and he happily agrees to let them come along.

To avoid the Black Riders, they decided to ride through the Old Forest rather than take to the Road where the Riders will most definitely be looking. Fatty refuses to go into the Old Forest because he and most people in Buckland believe it is haunted. Frodo sees no other way, though, so they pack their bags and get a few hours rest before they leave.

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