October 19, 2017 (October 18, 3018)

The Hobbits see Bilbo’s trolls & Glorfindel finds them at dusk

Shire Reckoning: October 18, 3018 (Winterfilth 18, 1419)

Pages To Read:
-FR.Flight “The morning dawned bright and fair” (~p.8) – “good breakfast in the Shire had done” (~p.15)

Stone Troll (Troll Song), by The Hobbitons. A fun, rowdy rendition of Sam’s song about the troll from today. Highly recommend playing the song as you get to it in the book.

– In the morning, the sunlight makes everyone feel a little better, and Strider confirms that they are getting closer to the Ford (where they will cross to Rivendell).
– Realizing that they need to get back to the road to make good time, the team hastens down from the hills.
– Along the way, they see a Troll-hole full of old bones, empty jars and broken pots. Pippin’s a bit spooked, even more so when he finds three trolls in a clearing in the woods.
– When the rest of the team catches up and find that the trolls are stone, Frodo realizes it is the same trolls that Bilbo came across long ago.
– Sam agrees to provide some entertainment to lift everyone’s spirits, so he makes up a fun little song about a troll on the spot. (See above for link)
– After they’ve had their fun, Team Frodo makes it to the road and proceeds with caution.
– They hear hooves again, but this time they sound a bit less frightening. Indeed, a gorgeous white horse pulls up with a gorgeous elf named Glorfindel, who has been sent by Elrond to assist Frodo.
– Glorfindel briefly recounts his recent efforts to find Frodo and Strider updates him on Frodo’s wound. Glorfindel looks at the wound, confirms its seriousness, and puts Frodo on his horse. He leads the group toward Rivendell, and they walk literally all night.
– When the next morning finally comes, they get a bit of sleep on the side of the road.

Trivia, Quotes, and Details:
– Frodo is so impressed with Sam’s song that he comments Sam might turn into a wizard or a warrior by the time the journey is over. We shall see whether or not that comes true…

Links to Other Content:
A Song in the Trollshaws, by Ted Nasmith (featured). Nasmith illustration of the scene at the troll glade.
Trollshaws, by ralphdamiani. Another great painting of the stone trolls.
Troll sat alone on his seat of stone, by MatejCadil. Illustration of the troll in Sam’s song holding the “bone he boned from its owner.”


– Two other versions of the Troll Song: Broceliande, and Tolkien Ensemble

The Tale of Years:
Glorfindel finds Frodo at dusk. Gandalf reaches Rivendell.

Notes: Glorfindel to the rescue!! Honestly gotta admit that it was nice to give this part in the movie to a character would actually be important later, but Glorfindel’s cool too. Another thing of note is that despite unbearable pain in his shoulder, Frodo manages to joke around in the woods with friends. Thank you for not being a wimp, Frodo. ~Tom


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