The Hobbit and Other Notes… 5

Bilbo stepped out of his door and was swept away into a great adventure that was continued by Frodo and his friends into another great adventure. The adventure has never ended. Now we have so many continuing the adventure.

THE SHIRE:

The Shire did have hard times including The Great Plague of the Third Age in 1636.

Generally The Shire was untroubled by the wars in other lands and Eriador was quiet until Third age 2740 when a band of orcs from The Misty Mountains invaded the region and one party reached The Shire.

Led by their king, Golfimbul, the orcs entered Northfarthing, and were met by Hobbits led by Bandoras (Bullroarer) Took at Greenfields.

Bullroarer…was so huge (for a hobbit) that he could ride a horse. He charged the ranks of the goblins of Mount Gram in the Battle of The Green Fields, and knocked their king Golfimbul’s head clean off with a wooden club. It sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit hole, and in this way the battle was won, and the game of Golf invented at the same moment.”

 

Bullroarer

 

THE HOBBIT:

The next morning after the Unexpected Party, Bibo found himself setting out on an “Adventure”, an unexpected journey with Thorin and Company. They rode off on ponies, and they were soon joined by Gandalf on a white horse.

  “Smaug, the mighty dragon, lived on the heath
And in the Lonely Mountain lay with treasure underneath.
Little Bilbo Baggins set off one summer’s day
With Gandalf and thirteen dwarves to steal his gold away.”

After travelling through Wilderland for many days, Gandalf left the company to spy out the road ahead. That night, while he was gone The Company saw a light through the trees and the dwarves sent Bilbo, their burglar, to find out all about that light.

Bilbo found three trolls sitting around a fire cooking a roast mutton.  He decided to try out his burgling skills and remove a purse from the pocket of one of the Trolls. “This is a beginning,”  he thought.

The Troll turned around at once and grabbed poor little Bilbo. Displaying what he had caught to his friends, the trolls soon argued over whether to eat Bilbo or not.

“What I say,” said Bilbo gasping. “And please don’t cook me, kind sirs! I am a good cook myself, and cook better than I cook, if you see what I mean. I’ll cook beautifully for you, a perfectly beautiful breakfast for you, if only you won’t have me for supper.”

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