Today's Date in the Shire
Fun and Games
Walk to Rivendell
Malbeth the Seer
In the House of Tom Bombadil
The next day it rains so Tom invites them to stay. He sits and tells them enchanting stories of long ago. He seems so familiar with the stories that he tells that Frodo begins to feel that Tom is much more ancient than he apperars. He tells them stories of the Old Forest, Old Man Willow and the Barrow-Downs, of ancient lands and powers, and he shows that he has extensive knowledge of the Shire. The conversation finallys turns to the hobbits and their purpose for being in the Forest.
Frodo becomes so comfortable talking to Tom that he actually finds himself telling him about the Ring. Tom seems quite interested in it and asks Frodo to. To the hobbit's own surprise, he freely gives the Ring to Bombadil who does not disappear when he puts it on his finger. Instead, the Ring disappears!
But to Frodo's relief it soon reappears. But he becomes suspicious. Perhaps Tom switched rings. So, when no one is looking he puts it on and, invisible, sneeks away to a corner of the room. But he doesn't fool Tom who sees him right away and calls him back to his chair. Frodo is somewhat embarrassed by being caught, but is satisified that he has the same Ring he gave to Tom.
The conversation ends and they prepare for bed. They must leave in the morning, and Tom gives them strong advice to avoid the Barrow-Downs to the east and make due north for the Road where they will come to the village of Bree before the next evening. As a precaution, he teaches them a rhyme to call him to their aid if the find themselves in trouble. They thank him and go to bed.
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