‘There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire, it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same.’ (ROTK VI.7: Homeward Bound.)
When Frodo and Sam return to the Shire, nothing is the same anymore. This is a story about their difficult homecoming, the discoveries and the challenges they face, encompassing the time from November 1419 to April 1420, when Frodo moves back into Bag End.
While we all know how the book ends, Frodo and Sam themselves could not anticipate that their shared time in the Shire would end at the Grey Havens, and that's the viewpoint I'm adopting here. The story consists of independent chapters written from different points of view, each focusing on a specific time and situation.
Characters: Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gaffer Gamgee, Rose Cotton, Marigold Gamgee, the Cottons, Paladin Took, Robin Smallburrow, Ted Sandyman, Widow Rumble, and sundry hobbits (some OCs among them).
Warning: Part 3 ("Blotmath") features adult content.
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The title was taken from the poem "Things" by Jane Kenyon:
"Things: simply lasting, then
failing to last: water, a blue heron's
eye, and the light passing
between them: into light all things
must fall, glad at last to have fallen."
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