January 3, 2018 (January 2, 3019)

More art

Shire Reckoning: January 2, 3019 (Afteryule 2, 1420)

Featured artist: faQy
I’ve sent out lots of art by them before, but you can never have too much!
Boromir and hobbits
Legolas

Notes: Sorry for stretching the content a bit thin here, but I’m trying to keep things going until we get to Hollin. Bear with me, I promise there will be excitement soon… ~Tom

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January 1, 2018 (Yule 2, 3019)

Happy New Year!

Shire Reckoning: Yule 2, 3019 (Yule 2, 1420)

Events:
– The company continues south, along the western foothills of the Misty Mountains.

Links to Other Content:
Happy New Year, by Ewebean. A cute New Years gif with Bilbo and Gandalf.
New Year’s Resolutions, by gdfalksen. A funny list of Tolkien-themed New Year’s Resolutions.
Happy Hobbit New Year 2018, by MaxeBaumannFilms2013. A fun New Years-themed video with clips from the PJ LOTR movies.

Notes: And you thought I would be lazy and forget to make a post for New Years! Joke’s on you, I only forgot until the day was almost over!! Anyway, I wish everyone a good year, and my resolution is to not forget any more posts… ~Tom

December 31, 2017 (Yule 1, 3018)

Company continues south

Shire Reckoning: Yule 1, 3018 (Yule 1, 1419)

Pages To Read:
-FR.South “At first it seemed to the hobbits that although they walked and stumbled until they were weary, they were creeping forward like snails, and getting nowhere. Each day the land looked much the same as it had the day before. Yet steadily the mountains were drawing nearer. South of Rivendell they rose ever higher, and bent westwards; and about the feet of the main range there was tumbled an ever wider land of bleak hills, and deep valleys filled with turbulent waters. Paths were few and winding, and led them often only to the edge of some sheer fall, or down into treacherous swamps.” (~p.11)

Notes: Today is the first day of Yule, the Hobbits’ winter festival. Too bad our hobbits have to spend it on the road… ~Tom

December 30, 2017 (December 30, 3018)

Company continues south

Shire Reckoning: December 30, 3018 (Foreyule 30, 1419)

Pages To Read:
-FR.South “Gandalf walked in front, and with him went Aragorn” (~p.10) – “always as nearly southward as they could find a way.” (~p.11)

Events:
– The company continues south, and a cold wind from the mountains prevents all hope of staying warm.
– They sleep during the day, and have their a meal in the afternoon before continuing in the evening.

~Tom

December 28, 2017 (December 28, 3018)

Rough going through barren country

Shire Reckoning: December 28, 3018 (Foreyule 28, 1419)

Pages To Read:
-FR.South “The country was much rougher and more barren than in the green vale of the Great River in Wilderland on the other side of the range, and their going would be slow; but they hoped in this way to escape the notice of unfriendly eyes. The spies of Sauron had hitherto seldom been seen in this empty country, and the paths were little known except to the people of Rivendell.” (~p.10)

~Tom

December 26, 2017 (December 26, 3018)

Company heads south from Rivendell

Shire Reckoning: December 26, 3018 (Foreyule 26, 1419)

Pages To Read:
-FR.South “At the Ford of Bruinen they left the Road and turning southwards went on by narrow paths among the folded lands. Their purpose was to hold this course west of the Mountains for many miles and days.” (~p.10)

Events:
– The Company heads south from the Ford of Bruinen.

Links to Other Content:
Fellowship, by faQy. Fun, quirky illustration of the Company taking a break.
Fonstad Map through January 15. Spoilers of course! However, if you want to follow along on the map, this is the easiest way as it marks campsites for every night.

Notes: Pretty simple update. As described in the text, we’ll be heading south along the side of the Misty Mountains for a while. ~Tom

December 25, 2017 (December 25, 3018)

The Company departs from Rivendell

Shire Reckoning: December 25, 3018 (Foreyule 25, 1419)

Pages To Read:
-FR.RingGoesSouth “On the morning of the last day” (~p.5) – “they strode away far into the night” (~p.10)

Music:
I Sit Beside the Fire and Think, by Adele McAllister (beautiful version as always). As usual, I recommend playing this when you get to the song in the text.

Events:
– On the morning of the last day, Frodo visits Bilbo one last time. Bilbo gives him Sting, his sword from The Hobbit, as well as his chain mail shirt made of mithril, a special Dwarven metal.
– Bilbo says some kind words to Frodo, and asks him to bring back stories and songs.
– Before Frodo leaves, he hears Bilbo hum a melancholy tune. (See song above)
– The Company prepares to depart at dusk, as per the advice of Elrond. Elrond warns them to travel at night if possible and be wary of Sauron’s spies.
– The Company is lightly outfitted, due to the need for secrecy. Aragorn carries only Andúril (the reforged Sword of Elendil). Boromir carries a sword and shield, as well as the Horn of Gondor. Gimli is the only one openly wearing mail, and he casually carries an axe in his belt. Legolas has a bow and a knife. The hobbits have swords from the Barrow way back on the edge of the Shire. Frodo carries Sting but wears his mail shirt hidden beneath his clothes, as Bilbo had advised. Gandalf has his staff of course, but also carries Glamdring, his sword from The Hobbit. Elrond gives everyone warm winter clothes. Finally, remember Bill the pony (from Bree)? He’s coming too!! He carries their blankets and supplies; Sam insisted that he would beg to come if he could talk.
– The Company waits anxiously outside, Gandalf being the last to arrive. Sam realizes he forgot to bring rope. Elrond comes out and gives them a final word of farewell, reminding everyone that Frodo alone has responsibility for bringing the Ring to Mordor.
– The Company winds their way up out of the valley and onto the moors. They have one last glance at the twinkling lights of the Last Homely House before journeying away into the darkness.

Trivia, Quotes, and Details:
– Really evocative imagery: “It was a cold grey day near the end of December. The East Wind was streaming through the bare branches of the trees, and seething in the dark pines on the hills. Ragged clouds were hurrying overhead, dark and low. As the cheerless shadows of the early evening began to fall the Company made ready to set out.
– Sam’s bond with Bill the pony is really cute, and I like the detail that the pony is “the only member of the Company that did not seem depressed.
– The contents of Sam’s pack are rather funny: “his chief treasure, his cooking gear; and the little box of salt that he always carried and refilled when he could; a good supply of pipe-weed (but not near enough, I’ll warrant); flint and tinder; woollen hose: linen; various small belongings of his master’s that Frodo had forgotten and Sam had stowed to bring them out in triumph when they were called for.”
– Clever exchange between Gimli and Elrond: “‘Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens,’ said Gimli. ‘Maybe,’ said Elrond, ‘but let him not vow to walk in the dark, who has not seen the nightfall.’

Art:
The Ring goes South, by rysowAnia. Stunning painting of the dusk departure.

Other Music:
Bilbo’s Song, by NyaNyaNinichan. Another really nice version of the song from today.
Bilbo’s Song, by Tolkien Ensemble. Obligatory Tolkien Ensemble version of the song. It’s pleasant enough.

From The Tale of Years:
The Fellowship of the Ring leaves Rivendell at dusk.

Notes: Really somber departure. I’m not a huge fan of the two-month break we just had to wait through, but I do love the scenes from today, which restore the urgency of Middle Earth’s dire situation. Updates will be nearly daily from now on, and the next major event is the second week of January. ~Tom

December 24, 2017 (December 24, 3018)

Final Night in Rivendell

Shire Reckoning: December 24, 3018 (Foreyule 24, 1419)

Events:
– It’s the final night in Rivendell! No text for today, but I figured a final update would still be good to feature some more holiday art.

Links to Other Content:
Hobbity Christmas, by Deathlydollies13. Incredibly adorable sketches of the Hobbits celebrating the Holidays.
LotR: Happy Holidays, by freesh00t. Really cute art of Sam & Frodo dressed up for Christmas.

Notes: Sorry for the very late update, was busy preparing for Christmas today. Of course, our Hobbits aren’t celebrating this year, but instead preparing for departure on the journey to Mordor. There will be an update tomorrow with a couple pages of reading, but plenty of time to catch up afterward if you are busy on Christmas. ~Tom