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An On-Board Conversation

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‘…and then,’ said Bilbo, ‘I had to ride a barrel myself, down that river, and I can tell you that was none so easy a ride! For a hobbit like myself, at least, no doubt you elves would make short work of it…’

Frodo, turning around, remembered seeing Galadriel glide towards him in her stately swan ship and could imagine no greater contrast.

But Galadriel, who had once been Nerwen, offered Bilbo one half of a very sticky pastry and said, smiling: ‘When we reach Valinor, we shall hold a barrel-riding competition and you, master Bilbo, shall be the judge!’