Today's Date in the Shire
Fun and Games
Walk to Rivendell
Malbeth the Seer
A Conspiracy Unmasked
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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