As they continue to scramble through the woods to avoid the Black Rider, the hobbits find themselves walking through the farmland of The Farmer Maggot. Frodo is dreadfully terrified of Farmer Maggot's dogs as he had been caught stealing mushrooms as a child... yet the Farmer Maggot seems much more kind than he remembers and invites the hobbits in for dinner. Inside, he tells them about a strange man who had been asking for Mr. Baggins, but Frodo does not reveal much to him. After dinner, Maggot offers to give the hobbits a ride to the ferry in his wagon. On the road, they encounter a hooded rider and are quite terrified... until he reveals himself to be Merry.