Rated:  PG
Summary:    Strider had vows to protect Bilbo when the Ring Wraiths are sent by the Dark Lord but he is unaware that the legacy of who is to carry the Ring to be destroyed falls upon a totally different Baggins hobbit.

Authors Quick Notes – This story explores the idea about what might have happened if Strider had come to the Shire to forewarn Bilbo Baggins about the Ring Wraiths that would soon come hunting for the One Ring.  Commences a few days before Bilbo’s Birthday party and before Gandalf returns to the shire as well.

Strider had vows to protect Bilbo when the Ring Wraiths are sent by the Dark Lord but he is unaware that the legacy of who is to carry the Ring to be destroyed falls upon a totally different Baggins hobbit.

In this story the corn fields in the shire are a little further away and I have added a lot extra between then and when the hobbit’s arrive at the Prancing Pony in Bree.

Hoping to add a few funny, light hearted moments in this one in between the serious stuff.  Got an hysterical idea for Strider, Merry and Pippin in the corn fields much later.

All mention of herbs or treatments used in this story or others come about from a little research I did into some and what their effects were.  Some of them have been around since Egyptian times so I have no problem using in this time frame but still am not sure if they would have been grown near Rivendell. Just have to suspend reality for a time and humour me on this one.

Disclaimer –  I do not own any of the characters I write about.   I write about those created by J.J.R. Tolkien and marvel at such a storytellers ability to enthrall us all.   There are occasional quotes from the movie in this story, just to keep the continuity going strong and to add just at the appropriate time.

Total Word Count :  38 982

Completed: NO – A Work in Progess – 12 Chapters written

Other Information:  This story explores the idea about what might have happened if Strider had come to the Shire to forewarn Bilbo Baggins about the Ring Wraiths that would soon come hunting for the One Ring.  Commences a few days before Bilbo’s Birthday party and before Gandalf returns to the shire as well.

In the process of being rewritten with more complicated content and hopefully a better story. New version will be uploaded as soon as I can

Chapter One:  Unexpected Introductions

Chapter Two:  Breakfast at Bag End

Chapter Three:  Gandalf’s Arrival

Chapter Four:  Trees and Elves

Chapter Five:  Cake Making and Gift Giving

Chapter Six: Celebrations and Goodbye

Chapter Seven:  Explanations and Gandalf’s Leaving

Chapter Eight:  A Friendship Explained

Chater Nine:  Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbits

Chapter Ten:  The Road to Bree

Chapter Eleven:   Into the Wild

Chapter Twelve:  Sacrifice