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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Rivendell 6 ~ ‘Ready to go home’, plus jan-u-wine's "Soon".

Posted on 2008.10.22 at 08:12


mechtild at 2008-10-23 13:44 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Bilbo was a bit selfish in leaving, especially as presented in the films. But I hope as you read the book, or re-read it, you can see how much attachment and understanding there is between the two. Bilbo had to leave the Shire when he did the way Frodo had to leave the Shire at the end of the Quest. They both needed something the Shire could not offer, or, finally, they'd waste away. Frodo needed balm for his soul, a spiritual cure for a spiritual malaise, not better feeding or more exercise or a livelier social life. His ailment was spiritual, brought on by spiritual damage. But I think Bilbo's "ailment", his dis-ease, was spiritual, too. "Butter spread over too much bread", "thin", Bilbo said, about how he'd been feeling. Gandalf explained later that that was the Ring working on him. Bilbo was increasingly restless, lacking peace inside. He *needed* to leave. Also, Frodo needed to come into his own, which happened only after Bilbo left (just as Sam came into his own only after Frodo left). That Bilbo chose to leave the Shire and his old life in such a prankish way is another matter. But it may have been that he needed to do something abrupt and outrageous in order to go at all.

Just talking out loud here, this is not a worked-out theory... *g*

since the films didn't make the time to show much of that in actual scenes.

Yes, the picturs are "blissful" - great description! I love your note that he is "transitional" here, and why.
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