[‘They have left us fruit and drink, and bread,’ said Pippin. ‘Come and have your breakfast. The bread tastes almost as good as it did last night. I did not want to leave you any, but Sam insisted.’]
Lol This quote to me is ‘classic’ Pippin! Tolkien used humor quite a lot in this chapter to break up the monotony of the trek and I get a chuckle with every word and action by Pippin. Even when he is trying to appear to be the wise and rational one, he ends up revealing his true self. Carefree and happy go lucky, one who indulges in the fine pleasures of life!
[‘Short cuts make long delays,’ argued Pippin. ‘The country is rough round here, and there are bogs and all kinds of difficulties … ‘All right!’ said Pippin. ‘I will follow you into every bog and ditch. But it is hard! I had counted on passing the Golden Perch at Stock before sundown. The best beer in the Eastfarthing, or used to be: it is a long time since I tasted it.’]
He surely was a Hobbit that followed good sense, erm…or rather followed his tummy. :p
The precious moments were dear to me also in this chapter and one of my very favorites of all is right here in a little conversation with Frodo and Sam. *sigh*
[‘Well, Sam!’ he said. ‘What about it? I am leaving the Shire as soon as ever I can - in fact I have made up my mind now not even to wait a day at Crickhollow, if it can be helped.’
‘Very good, sir!’
‘You still mean to come with me?’
‘It is going to be very dangerous, Sam. ‘It is already dangerous. Most likely neither of us will come back.’
‘If you don’t come back, sir, then I shan’t, that’s certain,’ said Sam. ‘Don’t you leave him! they said to me. Leave him! I said. I never mean to. I am going with him, if he climbs to the Moon, and if any of those Black Rulers try to stop him, they’ll have Sam Gamgee to reckon with, I said. They laughed.’]
The change that came over Sam after he met the elves to me was very significant in the way he thought and reacted throughout the rest of the story. It was almost as though a bit of their wisdom and life experiences had touched him somehow. It seems to all make sense as I think about Sam’s role later in the quest. It was as though it was a very subtle gift given by those who could somehow feel his future emanate from within him.
[Frodo looked at Sam rather startled, half expecting to see some outward sign of the odd change that seemed to have come over him. It did not sound like the voice of the old Sam Gamgee that he thought he knew. But it looked like the old Sam Gamgee sitting there, except that his face was unusually thoughtful.
‘Do you feel any need to leave the Shire now - now that your wish to see them has come true already?’ he asked.
‘Yes, sir. I don’t know how to say it, but after last night I feel different. I seem to see ahead, in a kind of way. I know we are going to take a very long road, into darkness; but I know I can’t turn back. It isn’t to see Elves now, nor dragons, nor mountains, that I want - I don’t rightly know what I want: but I have something to do before the end, and it lies ahead, not in the Shire. I must see it through, sir, if you understand me.’]
And then another part that I just loved was how Tolkien presented the fear; the prickling, tickly feeling of urgency when they dove into that bush, or the throat tightening, gush of adrenaline that Frodo must have tasted when that snarling dog stood before him! I truly related to that feeling and with Tolkien's words, memory of my own experience with a dog came back as though it were just happening!
Finally after all that they had been through, I thought it was very kind and generous for Tolkien to end the trek with a wondrous reward! Mushrooms!!! :D