I got the goods if you got the gold.
Now not to give anything away to you people who haven’t read Lord of the Rings before but I think that Strider’s identity is obvious. He reveals his identity, I believe, in the next chapter. To me he gave himself away when he mentioned Frodo’s real name and also he knew about the ring. It’s also obvious because since Gandalf didn’t show up then “he” would.
The incident with the ring just proved that it has a mind of its own. I don’t feel Frodo put in on consciously. Also it’s going to be interesting to see if one of my hunches comes true, which I believe it does according to memory. I think that Butterbur is working with Strider.
All in all, a good all around chapter. Nothing beats drinking beer and dancing while a hobbit sings a good song. Although I have a feeling that the hobbits won’t be singing much after this point because a Black Rider attack would be perfect here now that the hobbits are outside the Shire.
Just some food for thought,