Homeward Bound:

Gandalf and the Hobbits reach Bree and find that while things aren’t quite right, Butterbur seems much the same as he goes on to explain what’s gone wrong. Of course the companions can’t stay long. The hobbits are anxious to get home to a troubled Shire, but for one of them there will be no homecoming. To Frodo the Shire will never again be a place where he can find rest.

Gandalf goes off to have a chat with Bombadil, and tells the hobbits that “You must settle the Shire’s affairs yourselves, that is what you have been trained for”. So now the four Hobbits that set out from the Shire are all that’s left of the company. “It seems almost like a dream that has slowly faded.” Merry says. “Not to me,” Frodo answers “it feels more like falling asleep again.”

What do you think about how Butterbur reacts to the news that the companions bring? What do you think Gandalf wants to talk to Bombadil about? What does Frodo mean when he says it feels like falling asleep again?

Join us in #thehalloffire as we take a look at Homeward Bound – Chapter VII of the Return of the King.

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