Scorpio’s World

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Onward To ‘The Two Towers’

Posted by scorpiomkm on February 15, 2007

Beginning in the “Fifth Age” of Middle Earth

Solmath 15, 5007

I’m rereading “The Lord of the Rings”. And has been the case from my previous readings of this awesome Fantasy, I’m finding New and Interesting aspects of the Tale I had previously missed or found not Memorable.

From time to time I’ll be covering  some aspects of “The Lord of the Rings” in a somewhat New Way. I thought about doing what I’m about to do when I reached “The Two Towers” point in the Fantasy, but since I’m nearing ‘Weathertop’ in my rereading …. why not fill some space right now with a Character I found ~ THIS TIME AROUND ~ quite fascinating:

                                     Fatty Bolger!!

A hobbit. Part of the large Bolger Clan. And as you may recall Fatty and Merry were sent on ahead of Frodo & Company to prepare the house in Crickhollow. After Frodo, Merry, Pippin, and Sam eventually arrive at Crickhollow they then quickly leave heading for Rivendell. Fatty is left behind to: 1) advise Gandalf of Frodo’s reaching there, or 2) ward off the ‘Black Riders’ about the whereabouts of Frodo, or 3) Fatty wanted no parts of Frodo’s Journey beyond the Old Forest!

Now here is where I find the ‘Character’ of Fatty Bolger so intriguing, as well his Character is in keeping with the True Character of Hobbits in general.

Fatty Bolger was OBVIOUSLY weary and uncertain about the outcome of Frodo’s trek through the Old Forest, wasn’t he. Particularly after his learning of “Black Riders” and the such. Yet Fatty agreed to stay behind AT THE HOME …. KNOWING there was a good chance he would have to face some Evil that had been trailing his friends! This, to me, demonstrates the dual personality of the Hobbit Nature: at once shy and withdrawing, while at another Brave and Stout to danger.

Chapter XI “A Knife In The Dark” opens with the “Black Riders” arriving at the house in Crickhollow. It’s dark and Fatty is all alone as the “Black Riders” approach:

         “The night deepened. There came the soft sound of horses led with stealth along the lane. Outside the gate they stopped, and three black figures entered, like shades of night creeping across the ground. One went to the door, one to the corner of the house on either side; and there they stood, as still as the shadows of stones, while night went slowly on. The house and the quiet trees seemed to be waiting breathlessly. 

          There was a faint stir in the leaves, and a cock crowed far away. The cold hour before dawn was passing. The figure by the door moved. In the dark without moon or stars a drawn blade gleamed, as if a chill light had been unsheathed. There was a blow, soft but heavy, and the door shuddered.

           ‘Open, in the name of Mordor!’ said a voice thin and menacing.

           At a second blow the door yielded and fell back, with timbers burst and lock broken. The black figures passed swiftly in.”

The “Black Riders” found the house empty, for Fatty had the wits enough to flee the house and run to the nearest residence a mile away <g> and babbling, ” No, no, no! No, not me! I haven’t got it!”

Now then. After reading Fatty babble “No, no, no … I haven’t got it!”, it brought me back to another previous incident involving Frodo. Recall that while at the ‘Prancing Pony’ in Bree, Frodo did a DISAPPEARING act before some bar attendants. Later when questioned by Strider, Frodo had no explanation for doing so `~ only that he felt COMPELLED to slip the Ring on as if some ‘outside’ force suggested he do so …. or even the Ring itself. Now here we find Fatty Bolger babbling about “I haven’t got it!”; a suggestion that the “Black Riders” had invaded his Mind (much as an Evil Force had done so to Frodo back at the Prancing Pony).

Interesting. And aspects of this Tale I had overlooked in all previous readings!!

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