Four days after Frodo crossed the Ford of Bruinen he awoke in the Last Homely House cured of his wound by Elrond Half-elven. It is October 24th, informs a familiar voice. Gandalf! This is the first of many meetings in this house with many dwelling places. Join us for Book II, Chapter 1 of The Fellowship of the Ring.
Ever since the attack at Weathertop Strider has been encouraging the hobbits to have faith, persevere, and hope for the tables of Elrond’s house. As the danger rose help came in the Elf-lord, Glorfindel. Frodo lost consciousness after passing through the waters of the river Bruinen but awoke to a voice he had long desired to hear. Gandalf was here in the Last Homely House, and Frodo found the promised comfort. But more comfort will come with feasting and many meetings!
Frodo was now safe in the Last Homely House east of the Sea. It was not only from Strider that he had heard about the rest afforded here; Bilbo had recounted his own experiences in that house on his adventure to Erebor.
That house was, as Bilbo had long ago reported, ‘a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all’.
The Lord of the Rings, Many Meetings, p. 224
And we see echoes of another house with many dwelling places. Consider these words of Jesus which he used to comfort the apostles in the upper room:
John 14:1-2 NRSV
Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
These words and Strider’s own sound alike. But, then, they are both kings, after all.
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