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LOTR Chapter by Chapter: Grey Havens

Thursday, September 5, 2013 8:11
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The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 9: The Grey Havens

Chapter synopsis: The turbulent events are followed by a splendid, prosperous and happy year. The whole Shire is busy repairing the harms done by Saruman’s ruffians. Sam remembers Galadriel’s gift and discovers that the box contains a strange dust and a single silver seed. He uses the dust to plant trees all over the Shire where they had been hewn down by the ruffians, and he plants the silver nut in the Party Field in Hobbiton; and out of it grows a beautiful mallorn. Sam marries Rose Cotton; Frodo moves back to Bag End, and Sam and Rose come to live there as well. The next year their first daughter, Elanor, is born. On the anniversaries of the events at Weathertop and Cirith Ungol Frodo’s old wounds hurt him again. In September, as Bilbo’s birthday is approaching, Frodo and Sam set out again (towards Rivendell, as Sam thinks; though he does not intend to go all the way). Yet in the woods they meet a large number of Elves, including Elrond and Galadriel; Bilbo is among them as well. Finally Sam realizes that Frodo intends to go to the Grey Havens, to pass over the Sea with the Elves and Bilbo. In the Havens CĂ­rdan the Shipwright and Gandalf await them; Gandalf, too, will board the ship. He has brought Pippin and Merry along as well, such that Sam will not be alone on the way home. Thus the elven-ship leaves Middle-earth; and the three hobbits return to the Shire, whereupon the tale reaches its end.

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LOTR Chapter by Chapter: Scouring of the Shire

Thursday, September 5, 2013 7:53
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The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 8: The Scouring of the Shire

Chapter synopsis: The four hobbits come to the Shire, and find that much has changed: the Brandywine Bridge is guarded by several Shirriffs, who deny them the entrance. It seems that Lotho Baggins has taken over in the Shire, calling himself “the Chief” and enforcing a long number of unfair Rules. The Shire is full of ruffians (there’s Bill Ferny at the Bridge), many of them being squint-eyed Isengarders; and there has been much burning and senseless destruction. The travellers break in (against the Rules) and spend a night in the Shirriff-house; next day they start an uprising against the oppressors. First a small group of ruffians attempts to calm down the rebellion, but outnumbered by the hobbits they give themselves up. Pippin brings a large number of Tooks, and together they deal with the next attack of the majority of the ruffians. Then a group of hobbits, led by Frodo and his friends, go to Bag End to find Lotho. Instead they find Saruman, who has been the organiser behind all the trouble; they tell him to leave, and Wormtongue (who seems to have murdered Lotho at Saruman’s command) in wrath and despair stabs his master and is then shot by three hobbit-bowmen. This marks the end of the War of the Ring.

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