Meetings, meetings, and more meetings. That seems to sum up this chapter quite nicely. At first glance of this chapter, I had a feeling that the title, “Many Meetings,” referred to the Councils of Elrond. As I discovered, I was gladly mistaken. I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter.
Once again we see Tolkien filling in the gaps between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Frodo meeting with Gloin, one of the party of Dwarves, fills in the back-story of what became of the Dwarves of Lonely Mountain and also the Men of Dale. It was also nice to hear of what happened to Beorn and the fact that the Orcs and wolves don’t bother them much anymore. We also learn that there is now a third generation of Bard on the throne of Dale and that a few of the Dwarves have gone missing or have had something happen to them. I would really appreciate you fans letting me know if Gloin finishes the story or if the story is told somewhere else.
Frodo also meets others in this chapter as well. Elrond, Arwen, the return of Gandalf and Bilbo were all pleasant sights. Also we find out that Bilbo hasn’t actually got over the Ring, but he has closure when he tells Frodo to put it away. It also seems that Frodo is becoming a little more possessive of the Ring, as well.
As a final note, the answer to my previous question was revealed in this chapter. It would appear that I underestimated Tolkien that he would use a little ‘romantic’ imagery, if you will. Elrond was behind the flood, but Gandalf added a nice touch white horses and boulders.
Just some food for thought,