The nazgûl probably thought finding the whereabouts of one ‘Baggins’ would be easier than this.
First they just miss him leaving his house in Hobbiton, then he gives them the slip in the countryside, and when they try to suss out information from a local farmer, the one doing the asking is threatened with dogs (a less than brilliant idea, considering the dogs are mortally terrified of the thing, but the spirit in it is as sound as in Gaffer Gamgee’s final ‘No, I can’t give no message. Good night to you!’)
If we take Farmer Maggot’s own account of his encounter with the nazgûl, as it is presented in this chapter, at face value, it’s pretty impressive.
’“Have you seen Baggins?” he asked in a queer voice, and bent down towards me. I could not see any face, for his hood fell down so low; and I felt a sort of shiver down my back. But I did not see why he should come riding over my land so bold.’
Maggot is not intimidated by the black stranger on his high horse; no, he’s angry because the damn bugger is trespassing. Nor will his co-operation be bought with the promise of gold.
So we have two elderly hobbits, Gaffer Gamgee and Farmer Maggot, both seemingly tough as leather and horseshoe nails, sending the ringwraiths on their way without really telling them much. And doing so with complete aplomb. Of course, one facet of this feat would be an deeply ingrained distrust of strangers, especially those of the Big Folk, but it feels there is more to it than that. These hobbits feel so sure of themselves, so confident of their place on the ground they stand on, that they won’t be cajoled to turn on one of their own.
Now in the case of Old Gamgee, part of this might be due to a personal loyalty to Frodo, but Maggot has no reason to be particularly fond of the trespassing and mushroom-thieving rascal of the past. So it must be a case of principle.
A sample of two is hardly representative, but I think Frodo is lucky in that his pursuers have not run into less scrupulous hobbits (there are those as well, as we’ll see later in the book).
This ARTPOP outtake snippet has been circulating since 2013. ‘POP ART’ was supposedly produced by Infected Mushroom, the same group who produced ‘Aura.’ The song is ‘Never Mind’ by Infected Mushroom. This snippet opens with 'This Is Love’ by will.i.am feat. Eva Simons in reverse. Thank you to artpopladygagaera for helping me find this. When this snippet is reversed, the lyric “you” is clear. However, this specific “you” came from the song ‘Nothing On (But The Radio).’ I would like to say thank you to Tumblr user what-did-u-just-lana-del-say for helping me find this. A special thank you to son-ofaphrodite.
Hidden Secrets of the San Francisco Botanical Gardens
I have a nasty cold and I took a slow convalescent walk through the botanical gardens yesterday evening.
Of course there were the normal flowers, but I also found the smallest little white mushrooms I’ve even seen, a million little brown mushrooms, a huge basket stinkhorn and a serene greenhouse with awesome succulents.
tagging thevortexofourminds to one of my posts because he was in the chat thing when i said i was making this blog and he does photography things and that is some of what this blog will be and just so he knows it exists if he is interested in bad photography at all
Honey Mushrooms (Armillaria mellea group) in Chantry Flats. When we arrived, we assumed someone had picked the caps off the mushrooms to the right. But the caps were actually strewn around the area…which makes me think someone stepped on them :’(
While this is a parasitic species (possible motive for the shroom-stomping?), it’s also a delicious edible comparable to shiitake when stir-fried. The stalks are very fibrous so most people only eat the caps (hence why we thought someone only wanted the caps ^)
Though the species can vary in appearance (color, shape, cap stickiness/aka viscidity, or manner of growth) there are some consistent key features (taken from David Arora’s Mushrooms Demystified):
“1) the presence of a veil
2) the tough, fibrous stalk
3) frequent presence of small dark hairs on the cap
4) the bitter taste when raw (some people, however, are unable to detect it)
5) the growth on wood (thought it may be buried)
6) the white or faintly yellowish spores (in any mature cluster the lower caps will be covered with white spore dust)”
*you can see the little cap “hairs” better in the last picture
I made that name up, but I don’t care, it fits. I’ve seen pictures of these before and I hoped I’d see them one day, but I didn’t have much hope. And all of the sudden there they were, in the middle of the most beautiful hike I’ve ever been on!