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25th April, 2941

  • Gandalf first sees Bilbo Baggins after years of absence from the Shire and approaches him about going on an adventure

All that the unsuspecting Bilbo saw that morning was an old man with a staff. He had a tall pointed blue hat, a long grey cloak, a silver scarf over which a white beard hung down below his waist, and immense black boots. “Good morning!” said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat. “What do you mean?” be said. “Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is morning to be good on?”

[The Hobbit, Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party]


26th April, 2941

  • The Unexpected Party with Gandalf, Thorin and Company at Bag End

“[…] He looks more like a grocer-than a burglar!”

[The Hobbit, Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party]

27th April, 2941

  • Thorin and Company depart from Bywater

Very puffed he was, when he got to Bywater just on the stroke of eleven, and found he had come without a pocket-handkerchief!

[The Hobbit, Chapter 2: Roast Mutton]

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