Today's Date in the Shire
Fun and Games
Walk to Rivendell
Malbeth the Seer
Frodo wakes to find himself resting in the Last Homely home of Elrond Halfelven which rests safely in the valley of Rivendell. He is surprised but pleased to find his old friend Gandalf sitting at his side. The wizard tells him that he has been lying in bed for three days. Elrond has striven the entire time to heal the wound Frodo recieved on Weathertop. Only today was he finally able to remove the knife tip that had lodged in the wound and was working its way inward.
Gandalf goes on to explain that the Black Riders are actually the Ringwraiths of Sauron, the Nine fell servants enslaved by him and the One Ring. The one that had stabbed Frodo and later led the Riders was the Lord of the Nazgul. He and the other Riders had chased Frodo across the Ford of Bruinen in a final attempt to rob him of the Ring or to take him and it to Sauron. But Elrond commanded the river to rise up and sweep them away. The bodies of the Riders and their horses were washed far away, and it will be a long time before they can recuperate enough to attack again.
Frodo is very hapy to see his old friend again, but he is still very tired from his injuries. He sleeps again for a while and later wakes to find Gandalf gone but Sam in his place. The younger hobbit is so happy to see Frodo awake that he is in tears. He takes Frodo by the hand and leads him through the many halls of Elrond's home until they reach a garden where Pippin, Merry and Gandalf are sitting. The four hobbits rejoice in there reunion as Gandalf quietly looks on. Their celebration goes on for some time until they are interrupted by the ringing of many bells which indicates the summons to supper.
In the main hall of Elrond many people are gathered for a feast. Frodo sees Elrond, lord of the house, and Glorfindel whose horse had saved him at the Ford. Around the table are more Elves, a few Men and even a Dwarf or two.
Then Frodo saw a person that few mortals has ever set eyes on; Arwen Undómiel, daughter of Elrond, in whom the likeness of Lúthien Tinúviel could be seen on Earth again. She was the most lovely creature Frodo has ever seen before, and he sat abashed to be in her company and that of so many regal peoples.
Seated beside him at the table is Glóin, one of the Dwarves that Bilbo had accompanied on his adventure so long ago. Glóin tells him what has been going on at the Lonely Mountain and the lands there about and explains that he is here in Rivendell to bring imortant news to Elrond.
As the feast ends everyone retires to the Hall of Fire. To Frodo's great delight, he find his old friend Bilbo Baggins in the Hall. He hahad spent last three days waiting for Frodo to awake, but was now composing a poem which he plans to recite before the crowd. They are very excited to have found each other at last after so lonf, and they reminisce about old times, laughing and smiling, until Bilbo asks to see the Ring.
Reluctantly Frodo draws it out of his shirt where it now hangs on a thin golden chain. But as Bilbo reaches for it a strange anger comes over Frodo. He feels the desire to strike the old hobbit who now appears as a shaodwy, grasping creature. Bilbo sees the anguish in Frodo's eyes and asks him to put it away. He understands that the Ring has passed to the younger hobbit and its power now rest with Frodo. Once the Ring is back inside his shirt Frodo immediately feels like himself again, all traces of anger gone. He smiles as another friend approaches.
Strider, who was absent at the feast, greeta the two hobbits, and Bilbo drags him off into a corner to help finish the last few lines of his poem. Frodo sits together with Sam and just enjoys the atmosphere of the Hall.
He suddenly realizes that he has been dozing. He sees Bilbo has returned and is chanting the poem he created, Eärendil the Mariner. He is just finishing, and the Elves are applauding. Sam reminds Frodo that is is late, and he agrees. Frodo returns to his room and goes to bed.
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