Fellowship of the Ring: A Conspiracy Unmasked (Book Club Musings)

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Every Monday, our Facebook group has been discussing one or two chapters from the Lord of the Rings, and so I'm happy to be sharing a little bit of our conversation and reflections as we go! If you'd like to read along with us, join our Facebook group! Otherwise, leave your comments below and we can continue the discussion! I'm quite behind on posting these so I'll try to catch up in the upcoming weeks! 

A Conspiracy Unmasked

Frodo, Sam, and Pippin are reunited with Merry and together they finish their journey to Frodo's new home in Crickhollow. Once there, they bathe and eat dinner together. Then, pulling their chairs to the fire, they begin to discuss the events of the past couple of days.

Frodo struggles with how to tell his friends he is leaving, only to be told that they already knew he was planning to go. He is surprised to learn they have been paying very close attention to him since Bilbo has left, and that they intend to go with him into this great danger.

Book Club Musings

Heroic friendship was the major theme of this chapter. In these hobbits, we find some serious #squadgoals. We all agreed that this quote was our favorite from the chapter: 

"But it does not seem that I can trust anyone," said Frodo.
Sam looked at him unhappily," It all depends on what you want," put in Merry. "You can trust us to stick to you through thick and thin - to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours - closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo. Anyway: there is is... We are horribly afraid - but we are coming with you; or following you like hounds."

A couple members of our group shared some comments in our discussion that I thought needed to be shared:

  • "To have such devoted friends must make any trail seem just a little lighter." - Kimberly Ewalt
  • "Not just in their determination to continue on with Frodo, but even just in the lengths that they had already gone in journeying with him and preparing the Crick Hollow house for their arrival." - Kenzie Key

While this chapter was relatively short, the intensity of their friendship is unlike anything I've ever experienced - and I think many of us can agree that this level of devotion is scarce is our world. I hope this chapter will encourage you to seek out friendships wherever you go (as the hobbits were able to rely on Farmer Maggot) and hold fast to the ones you already have.