LotR Reread: Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Gently down the Anduin

Chapter VIII: Farewell to Lorien Alas, it's time for the fellowship to leave Lothlorien. They may have had a nice vacation from the rest of the world, but the rest of the world didn't get the memo to slow down and smell the elanor. The only question is, who is going where? Aragorn had planned … Continue reading LotR Reread: Row, Row, Row Your Boat, Gently down the Anduin

LotR Reread: Frodo Gets the Heck out of Hobbiton, in a Leisurely Fashion

Chapter III: Three is Company In Peter Jackson’s 2001 film adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring, Ian McKellan’s Gandalf returns to the Shire a few weeks or months after Bilbo leaves and sends Frodo (played by a seventeen-year-old Elijah Wood) on his journey that same night. This works for a movie but not for … Continue reading LotR Reread: Frodo Gets the Heck out of Hobbiton, in a Leisurely Fashion

LotR Reread: Frodo Baggins and the Worst Birthday Gift Ever

“When Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton.” Chapter One: A Long-Expected Party Thus begins The Lord of the Rings: with a party like in The Hobbit, only this party was a long-planned … Continue reading LotR Reread: Frodo Baggins and the Worst Birthday Gift Ever