Gandalf arrives to visit Frodo at Bag End
Event Type: Artifacts
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: April 12, 3018
An event in the prelude to Frodo's Departure from the Shire; see that entry for an overview:
Gandalf reaches Hobbiton.
The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age
It was early April [in the spring of Frodo's fiftieth year] and the sky was now clearing after heavy rain....
Gandalf reappeared after his long absence. For three years after the Party he had been away. Then he paid Frodo a brief visit, and after taking a good look at him he went off again. During the next year or two he had turned up fairly often, coming unexpectedly after dusk, and going off without warning before sunrise. He would not discuss his own business and journeys, and seemed chiefly interested in small news about Frodo's health and doings.
Then suddenly his visits had ceased. It was over nine years since Frodo had seen or heard of him, and he had begun to think that the wizard would never return and had given up all interest in hobbits. But that evening, as... twilight was fading, there came the once familiar tap on the study window.
Frodo welcomed his old friend with surprise and great delight. They looked hard at one another.
'Ah well eh?' said Gandalf. 'You look the same as ever, Frodo!'
'So do you,' Frodo replied; but secretly he thought that Gandalf looked older and more careworn. He pressed him for news of himself and of the wide world, and soon they were deep in talk, and they stayed up far into the night.
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 2, The Shadow of the Past
Elena Tiriel 16Aug10