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Half a mile northward along this they came to a lane opening on their right. An odd-looking waggon laden with odd-looking packages rolled into Hobbiton one evening and toiled up the Hill to Bag End. About midnight carriages came for the important folk. ‘And I’ve heard tell that Elves are moving west. But he does not really want to, yet. Leaves were whispering. They shot well with the bow, for they were keen-eyed and sure at the mark. The latter qualities, however, were now rather tolerated (in the rich) than generally approved. ‘In Eregion long ago many Elven-rings were made, magic rings as you call them, and they were, of course, of various kinds: some more potent and some less. Now and again he spoke to those that served him and thanked them in their own language. ‘ said Gandalf. The tallest was furthest away, standing alone upon a green mound. ‘Queer things you do hear these days, to be sure,’ said Sam. The fireworks were by Gandalf: they were not only brought by him, but designed and made by him; and the special effects, set pieces, and flights of rockets were let off by him. There were rockets like a flight of scintillating birds singing with sweet voices.
For teenel teenel such readers a few notes on the more important points are here collected from Hobbit-lore, and the first adventure is briefly recalled. ‘Alas! Ho! They drew long and elaborate family-trees with innumerable branches.