October 21, 2017 (October 20, 3018)

Ford Of Bruinen

Shire Reckoning: October 20, 3018 (Winterfilth 20, 1419)

Pages To Read:
– FR.Flight “The hobbits were still weary” (~p.16) – “saw no more” (end)

Tale of years:
Escape across the Ford of Bruinen.

– Glorfindel leads the Hobbits toward the Ford of Bruinen, listening all day for the sound of pursuit.
– Finally, when there is just a mile left, Glorfindel hears following feet and cries “‘Fly! The enemy is upon us!'”
– Team Frodo rushes toward the river, but before then can reach it, five Black Rides appear from the trees behind.
– Frodo is paralyzed in fear, but Glorfindel commands Asfaloth (his horse that Frodo is riding) to ride, and it carries Frodo speedily toward the Ford. (illustration by Miruna-Lavinia)
– The rest of the Black Riders come flying out of the trees on the left and make to cut off Frodo’s path.
– Asfaloth manages to get Frodo to the river just in time, passing directly through the grasp of the Riders. (illustration by smokygouda)
– The Nine Riders pause at the edge of the water while Frodo climbs up the opposite bank. They call to him “‘Come back! To Mordor we will take you!'”
– Frodo makes a final stand and calls down “‘By Elbereth and Lúthien the Fair, you shall have neither the Ring nor me!'”
– The Riders start to cross the Ford, but all of the sudden, a torrent of water comes crashing down the river.
– Frodo faints as the roaring flood sweeps the Black Riders away. (illustration by CG-Warrior)
– Book 1 ends, with the words “He heard and saw no more.”



October 20, 2017 (October 19, 3018)

Glorfindel leads the Hobbits toward Rivendell

Shire Reckoning: October 19, 3018 (Winterfilth 19, 1419)

Pages To Read:
-FR.Flight “They had rested rather less” (~p.16) – “the world seemed less pale and empty” (~p.16)

– Team Frodo soldiers on, now led by Glorfindel.
– Frodo’s condition worsens, and the world about him starts to fade into grey shadows.
– After coming twenty miles with only two breaks, the hobbits are exhausted. They stop at nightfall, having neither seen nor heard any sign of pursuit.

Links to Other Content:
Glorfindel, by LauraTolton (featured). Great illustration of the gruff elf.
Glorfindel, by peet. Illustration of Glorfindel as the hobbits first saw him yesterday.


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

October 18, 2017 (October 17, 3018)

Frodo grows weaker

Shire Reckoning: October 17, 3018 (Winterfilth 17, 1419)

Pages To Read:
– FR.Flight “In the morning he woke to find” (~p.6) – “the hollows of the hills” (~p.8)

– When the rain breaks, Strider manages to get the lay of the land. He figures that they have too far north, so they follow a valley south-east.
– Progress is halted by a huge hill in their way, but they struggle up and make it to the top before nightfall.
– They decide to camp there for the night, as Frodo is clearly in pain. Sam is confused because the wound has already closed up, but Strider says “there is some poison or evil at work that is beyond my skill to drive out.”
– Frodo has yet another nightmare about being pursued by Black Riders except this time they are on wings in his dream, not horses.

Notes: Seems like Team Frodo could really use some help… ~Tom

October 17, 2017 (October 16, 3018)

Rain continues in the Trollshaws

Shire Reckoning: October 16, 3018 (Winterfilth 16, 1419)

Pages To Read:
– FR.Flight “The next day the hills rose still higher” (~p.6) – “looking over the hedge” (~p.6)

– Rough terrain forces the group even farther north and off course.
– At night, they find a cave to stay in. The continuing rain makes Frodo’s wound ache more and more, and he has an ominous dream of being seeing tall black shadows at home in the Shire by tall black shadows.

Notes: Being in Frodo’s shoes doesn’t sound too fun today. Maybe tomorrow if the rain clears up, Strider can get the hobbits back on track. ~Tom

October 16, 3018 (October 15, 2017)

Rain falls on the Trollshaws

Shire Reckoning: October 15, 3018 (Winterfilth 15, 1419)

Pages To Read:
– FR.Flight “They had been two days in this country when the weather turned wet. The wind began to blow steadily out of the West and pour the water of the distant seas on the dark heads of the hills in fine drenching rain. By nightfall they were all soaked, and their camp was cheerless, for they could not get any fire to burn.” (~p.6)

Notes: Very reminiscent of the rain that Bilbo also faced in the Trollshaws. ~Tom

October 15, 2017 (October 14, 3018)

Team Frodo advance through the Trollshaws

Shire Reckoning: October 14, 3018 (Winterfilth 14, 1419)

Pages To Read:
– FR.Flight “The hobbits grew very weary. They advanced slowly, for they had to pick their way through a pathless country, encumbered by fallen trees and tumbled rocks. As long as they could they avoided climbing for Frodo’s sake, and because it was in fact difficult to find any way up out of the narrow dales.” (~p.6)

Other Content:
I’ll Keep the Ring, by Sceith-A. Frodo looking a little under the weather (perhaps from a recently obtained stab wound…)


October 14, 2017 (October 13, 3018)

The Hobbits and Strider cross the Last Bridge

Shire Reckoning: October 13, 3018 (Winterfilth 13, 1419)

Pages To Read:
– FR.Flight “Next day, early” (~p.4) – “mounting slops of pine-wood” (~p.6)

– Team Frodo come at last to the Last Bridge, fearing that the Black Riders may be blocking it.
– However, instead of Black Riders, they only find a green jewel that Strider calls and ‘elf-stone.’ Taking it as a good sign, Strider leads the Hobbits across.
– Soon after, they leave the road again, this time going north into wooded country. As they wind their way through the hills, they see ruins of Arnor (specifically Rhudaur) from long ago.
– Strider reveals that he has been to Rivendell many times before, even going so far as to say “‘There my heart is’.”

Other Content:
The Last Bridge, by ralphdamiani. Gorgeous digital painting of the bridge that we cross today.

Notes: Very ominous area that we have entered. Also note Strider’s words about Rivendell which may or may not be foreshadowing. ~Tom

October 13, 2017 (October 12, 3018)

Day 6 from Weathertop

Shire Reckoning: October 12, 3018 (Winterfilth 12, 1419)

Pages To Read:
– FR.Flight “and on the sixth day” (~p.4) – “the Last Bridge held against us” (~p.4)

– The hobbits make it to the top of a hill with a good viewpoint.
– They see two large rivers to the east, and the Road passing nearby.
– Strider announces that they must make for the Road tomorrow, because that’s where the only bridge across the first river (The River Hoarwell) is. The Loudwater (i.e. the Bruinen of Rivendell) is the river much further in the distance, and will be the next goal.

Notes: Main geography to remember: Two rivers running north to south, with a bunch of hills between; Rivendell is on the far side of the second river. ~Tom