A Fresh Eye on the Fellowship: Chapters 4 & 5 - Looking at LOTR from a different point of view
First of all, let me just say that I read this chapter on Saturday night, and nothing says Saturday night than beer, shrooms, and drinking songs. That was the only thing I could think about that night so I re-read the chapter the next day.
The one thing that I would like to talk about is the Shire’s own version of the “urban-rural” differences debate. What I mean is that Hobbiton, being the urban, has its own opinions on the people that live in Buckland, being the rural. And in this chapter I find that it is also vice versa. Tolkien really surprised me that he could actually make the Shire seem like New York City or even London. People that live in a certain “section” of the city think differently about people from another “section.”
That’s really all I wanted to discuss, other than one more appearance of the number three. Farmer Maggot had three dogs. I’m reaching there but because of the responses I’ve received from you fans, I thought I would just throw it in there.
A very effective title to this chapter. Although it seemed like a conspiracy, the four hobbits had their hearts in the right place. I feel that Sam was so overwhelmed by what he had heard from Gandalf and Frodo that he had to tell someone to try to make sense of it all. I also think Sam didn’t know what to do but Merry and Pippin might.
All in all, this chapter emphasized the friendship between all of the hobbits and also proved that the hobbits are more than friends, they are essentially family. It was heart warming to see that Sam, Merry, and Pippin were willing to admit that they conspired to see that Frodo do the right thing.
Other than that, not much else to say about the chapter except for the “haunted forest” cliff-hanger ending that makes you want to go right on ahead to the next chapter.
Just some food for thought,