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"Paying it Forward" by Shirebound

Author: Shirebound
Title: Paying it Forward
Rating: G
Theme: Gratitude
Elements: gracious (kind)
Author's Notes: N/A
Summary: The gift of learning that Bilbo gave Sam years before comes full circle.
Word Count: 300



“I wonder, Frodo my dear fellow, if you would very much mind tidying things up a bit before you go? Collect all my notes and papers, and my diary too, and take them with you, if you will. You see, I haven’t much time for the selection and the arrangement and all that. Get Sam to help, and when you’ve knocked things into shape, come back, and I’ll run over it.” ‘Many Partings’, The Return of the King


The relief Bilbo felt when Frodo left the room, arms laden with notebooks, folders, loose paper, and maps, was nearly as great as when his lad had awakened in Rivendell from that terrible wounding. At last I can rest, Bilbo thought, sinking down on the bed with a sigh. My ring is gone, as is my part in telling its tale. Even now I don’t know if I could have written of its true nature, so long was it a part of my own. But Frodo will arrange my notes and finish the tale, and if he needs help, Sam will see it done. It took them both to see my ring to its end, and I somehow sense they will need one another to complete our story.

As if his thoughts had been a summons, Bilbo looked up to see Sam standing in the doorway.

“Is there aught you need, Mr. Bilbo?” Sam asked.

Bilbo smiled, and motioned him inside.

“Not any longer, Samwise. My burden is gone, thanks to Frodo... and you. You’ve been so kind to my lad. And you’ll stay by him still, won’t you?”

“Mr. Bilbo,” Sam said softly, “I’d never leave him, not ever.”

“Just as I hoped,” Bilbo said contentedly. “Now then, isn’t it time for luncheon?”

“Near about,” Sam agreed. He fetched Bilbo’s sturdy cane, and helped the old hobbit to his feet.

“Thank you,” Bilbo said, patting Sam on the arm. “By the way, do you still remember your letters?”

“I do, sir,” Sam said, surprised at the sudden change in the conversation. “I practice all the time.”

“Excellent,” Bilbo said happily as they headed toward the door. “Life is full of surprises, Samwise; goodness me, a person just never knows when he'll be inspired to do a bit of writing.”

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silver_trails
Nov. 21st, 2016 11:05 pm (UTC)
This is very sweet! I *love* Bilbo, and I like to see Sam and Frodo together too. They all had a part in this story, and Frodo and Sam will have to finish writing it. :)
shirebound
Nov. 21st, 2016 11:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you. Bless the Professor for giving us so many wonderful gaps to fill.
febobe
Nov. 22nd, 2016 03:03 am (UTC)
Awww! How sweet! <3 Thank you, my dear one!!! <3
shirebound
Nov. 22nd, 2016 05:38 am (UTC)
Thank you, MY dear one! I'll never tire of sweet, ever.
lotrcom_mods
Nov. 22nd, 2016 04:49 am (UTC)
I just love this, sweetie, seeing it come full circle. Bilbo is so wise, and clever as well.
shirebound
Nov. 22nd, 2016 05:39 am (UTC)
Thank you! The Professor gave us such tantalizing hints at scenes that we find great joy in exploring.
baranduin
Nov. 22nd, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
Very sweet. Love the last sentence in particular.
shirebound
Nov. 22nd, 2016 05:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I re-wrote that last sentence so many times!
addie71
Nov. 22nd, 2016 07:16 pm (UTC)
This is lovely. I do so love stories with Bilbo and Sam.
shirebound
Nov. 22nd, 2016 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I like to think that Sam would feel very comfortable around Bilbo.
lbilover
Nov. 22nd, 2016 08:40 pm (UTC)
Aww, I love Bilbo and Sam stories, and this one is so dear. <3
shirebound
Nov. 22nd, 2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
How I love that icon! Thank you. ♥
blslarner
Nov. 23rd, 2016 01:52 am (UTC)
Oh, I can so imagine just this interchange! And how that question must have surprised Sam. Why should he have forgotten how to read or write? Heh! Very sweet.
shirebound
Nov. 23rd, 2016 02:19 am (UTC)
Thank you. I love imagining wee snippets of conversation like this.
suzy_74
Nov. 23rd, 2016 08:52 am (UTC)
Aww. how sweet. :)
shirebound
Nov. 23rd, 2016 03:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Suzy. :)
julchen11
Nov. 23rd, 2016 11:34 am (UTC)
Awwww, that is sooo sweet. Thank you and our beloved hobbits for a very big smile :-

"a person just never knows when he'll be inspired to do a bit of writing.”"

More than true, dear one!!! And this line is soooooo you!!!
*leans on you and dreams of Middle Earth*
shirebound
Nov. 23rd, 2016 03:27 pm (UTC)
Middle-earth is a magical place that brought us all together. I am so thankful!
(no subject) - kgreen20 - Dec. 15th, 2016 08:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
ambree40
Nov. 23rd, 2016 12:08 pm (UTC)
Lovely!
Leave it to Bilbo to be a bit enigmatic. :-)
shirebound
Nov. 23rd, 2016 03:28 pm (UTC)
*grins* I agree! Thank you.
lavendertook
Nov. 24th, 2016 02:01 am (UTC)
Lovely exchange. Interesting how Bilbo feels he couldn't write of the ring--I love how that explains its small part in The Hobbit. (-:
shirebound
Nov. 24th, 2016 02:16 am (UTC)
Oooh, I like that.

Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed this hobbity conversation.
engarian
Nov. 24th, 2016 02:36 am (UTC)
Very sweet. I love the fact that Sam practices his letters "all the time". What a good student he was.

- Erulisse (one L)
shirebound
Nov. 24th, 2016 03:47 am (UTC)
I'm glad you like this. *beams*
lindahoyland
Nov. 24th, 2016 10:55 am (UTC)
Just lovely.
shirebound
Nov. 24th, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
*beams* Thank you.
layne67
Nov. 25th, 2016 07:24 am (UTC)
Awwww, I just love their interaction here :D
shirebound
Nov. 25th, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)
ink_gypsy
Nov. 25th, 2016 03:33 pm (UTC)
This is just lovely. I've always imagined Bilbo had a special place in his heart for Sam, insisting that he be allowed to learn his letters. This little interlude between them is so very touching.
shirebound
Nov. 25th, 2016 03:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. And oh, what a sweeeet icon! Love it.
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