On This Day in Middle-earth

September 26th

The Old Forest.

Frodo comes to Bombadil.

Yesterday, Frodo finally made it safely to Crickhollow, along the way he, Pippin, and Sam had run into Elves, foxes, Black Riders, and one Farmer Maggot.  Farmer Maggot is such a pleasant character in the books it’s a shame we don’t get to see him in the movies.

At Crickhollow, the Hobbits were able to relax after an unpleasantly long journey and prepare for tomorrow.  Merry admitted that he, Pippin, Sam, and Fatty had been secretly learning about the Ring behind Frodo’s back and they had no intention of letting Frodo go on his journey alone.  Fatty would stay behind at Crickhollow, posing as Frodo incase other people became too curious.  We’ve mentioned Fatty before, but we should bring this Hobbit to the forefront for a second.  Fredegar “Fatty” Bolger was a great friend of Frodo’s, he helped often with Frodo’s move and knew of Frodo’s perilous journey.  If you’d like to read a little bit more about this Hobbit you can read our Character of the Week post HERE.

Merry, Pippin, and Sam would follow Frodo to the end.  Frodo tried to talk them out of it but Merry was having none of this.  They were his friends and he could try to leave without them but nothing would stop them following.  Seeing it was hopeless to argue and feeling relieved he wouldn’t have to leave alone Frodo obliged to let his friends join him.  The next morning, today, they set off for the Old Forest.  Merry, having grown up in the Buckland area, led the way to the Old Forest and through it, unfortunately for this group of Hobbits the magic of the forest was making it too hard to pass through. 

They came to an odd place in the wood and the Hobbits were put into a trance by Old Man Willow, an ancient tree in the Old Forest.  When Frodo woke up, Merry and Pippin had been swallowed up by the tree’s roots and it wasn’t until Frodo ran into Tom Bombadil that they were able to rescue the Hobbits.  Tom came up to Old Man Willow, sang him a song, and the tree fell back to sleep.  Merry and Pippin were now free from the tree’s roots and the Hobbits had Tom to provide safe passage through the Old Forest.

Thank you for your time and remember, the old that is strong does not wither.

– The Wandering One

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