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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Rivendell 5 ~ The Red Book: “I’m not like you, Bilbo”, plus “Rivendell Suite".

Posted on 2008.10.19 at 13:16

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Prim
primula_baggins at 2008-10-20 03:44 (UTC) (Link)
Bilbo to Frodo: I am getting very old, and I began to wonder if I should ever live to see your chapters of your story.

I always thought that in this line and the line at the end of the book where Sam says to Frodo about the Red Book, "Why, you have nearly finished it, Mr. Frodo!" and Frodo replies, "I have quite finished, Sam...The last pages are for you" were really talking not only about pages in a book, but the chapters of a life. Bilbo was saying he didn't know if he'd get to see Frodo's life, and Frodo was telling Sam that he still had life to live.

That has nothing to do with your post, but it was just something I thought of while reading.

I have seen quite a few fanfic stories about the relationship between Frodo and Bilbo, actually. It seems to be a favorite topic.

I like your observation that they almost seemed like old friends more than father/son or mentor/mentee. They certainly had a great fondness for one another. I love the "my dear boy" scene from the movie.



Edited at 2008-10-20 03:45 am (UTC)
Mechtild
mechtild at 2008-10-20 05:17 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, I am sure you are right about "chapters" or "pages" in the book -- that they were meant to be understood as chapters or pages in their lives. But that goes with the "Great Tale" into which *all* their lives fit, the tale into which they came, but also exited. I love the way Tolkien's theme of narrative -- in stories, in lives, and even in the breadth of human history -- are all related to each other. Smaller stories fit into larger stories, and on and on, sort of like those Russian dolls that fit one inside the other.

I have seen quite a few fanfic stories about the relationship between Frodo and Bilbo, actually. It seems to be a favorite topic.

I've no doubt that it is, Primula. :) I suppose I should have made clearer that if my sense of the story has been skewed in the years since I've been reading fanfic, it's not because there isn't every sort of story out there, it's because I've [mostly] been reading in one genre, a genre that doesn't normally give Frodo's relationship with Bilbo much attention.


Edited at 2008-10-20 05:19 am (UTC)
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