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J.R.R. Tolkien

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The Lord of the Rings | The Return of the King (Book 6, Chapter 6) : Many Partings | Summary

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Frodo eventually feels the need to return to the Shire and visits with Bilbo in Rivendell along the way. Aragorn says he and some of his people will accompany the hobbits as far as Rohan, and after a time, they set out, bearing Théoden's body back to his home for a funeral. They also travel to Isengard and learn from Treebeard that Saruman and Wormtongue have escaped.

Many good-byes are said, but in the end, the Company that set out from Rivendell on the quest must part ways. Gandalf goes with the four hobbits to Rivendell where they find Bilbo waiting. He gives each hobbit a gift, because it is his birthday.

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As Frodo bids farewell to Arwen, she gives him a very special gift: her own ability to travel on the Elven ships away from Middle-earth. Because she herself has chosen a mortal life with Aragorn, sailing west is no longer an option open for her. She tells him, if his wounds prove to be too much of a burden, he may "pass into the West, until all your wounds and weariness are healed." Frodo's reaction to this gift is not described, but it is unlikely he understands fully how this gift will become important.

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