"Frodo and Gandalf" by Alan Lee
"If you can think of any way of slipping out of the Shire without its being generally known, it will be worth a little delay. But you must not delay too long."
Gildor Inglorion of the House of Finrod. We are Exiles, and most of our kindred have long ago departed and we too are now only tarrying here a while, ere we return over the Great Sea.
They looked back, but the turn of the road prevented them from seeing far. 'I wonder if that is Gandalf coming after us,' said Frodo; but even as he said it, he had a feeling that it was not so, and a sudden desire to hide from the view of the rider came over him.
Mithrandir wrote:I remember reading this (*cough years ago) and thinking how disappointed I was ... that I was not going on another adventure with Bilbo. I did not quite trust Frodo yet. I suppose I liked the "harmless" thief that Bilbo had become in the Hobbit. and wanted more of the same.
This adventure story gripped me with the first meeting of the black riders. The stakes seemed to be much higher right away. This was no longer floating away from danger in a barrel. This was danger with a long history. The ring was no longer a toy. With Frodo, it was something to fear and mistrust.
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