Frodo hosts a farewell birthday dinner at Bag End
Event Type: General
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: September 22, 3018
An event in Frodo's Departure from the Shire; see that entry for an overview:
September was passing and there was still no news of [Gandalf]. The Birthday, and the removal, drew nearer, and still he did not come, or send word. Bag End began to be busy. Some of Frodo's friends came to stay and help him with the packing: there was Fredegar Bolger and Folco Boffin, and of course his special friends Pippin Took and Merry Brandybuck. Between them they turned the whole place upside-down.
On September 20th two covered carts went off laden to Buckland, conveying the furniture and goods that Frodo had not sold to his new home.... Thursday, his birthday morning, dawned as fair and clear as it had long ago for Bilbo's great party. Still Gandalf did not appear. In the evening Frodo gave his farewell feast: it was quite small, just a dinner for himself and his four helpers; but he was troubled and felt in no mood for it. The thought that he would so soon have to part with his young friends weighed on his heart....
The four younger hobbits were, however, in high spirits, and the party soon became very cheerful in spite of Gandalf's absence. The... food was good, and there was good wine: Frodo's wine had not been included in the sale to the Sackville-Bagginses.
'Whatever happens to the rest of my stuff, when the S.-B.s get their claws on it, at any rate I have found a good home for this!' said Frodo, as he drained his glass. It was the last drop of Old Winyards.
When they had sung many songs, and talked of many things they had done together, they toasted Bilbo's birthday, and they drank his health and Frodo's together according to Frodo's custom. Then they went out for a... glimpse of the stars, and then they went to bed. Frodo's party was over, and Gandalf had not come.
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 3, Three Is Company
Elena Tiriel 25Jul07