"I believe it's time for another adventure..." Was the last words anyone heard Bilbo Baggins of Bag End say. Leaving the Shire, Rivenndale, Middle Earth entirely for the Grey Havens with Elrond, Lady Galadriel, her husband, Frodo, Gandalf and a handful of other Elves. He was nothing like he used to be. Being without the Ring for so long, and with it destroyed in Mount Doom, Bilbo's age truly started to show. But Bilbo finished the book, just like he promised him...and Thorin.
The journey was long, the days and nights merged until not even Lady Galadriel could decipher how long it took. But when the last boats reached the white shores of the West, Time meant little for the company. Greeted by Legolas and Gimli, the group stepped out one by one. They did not know if Thranduil returned to the Grey Havens. Bilbo shuffled down the wooden board last-when he saw someone. Someone Bilbo thought he would never see again. The one he saw, was joined with others-exactly 13.
Thorin, who was proudly wearing armorial robes and crowned with wisdom and bravery. He opened his arms in welcome for Bilbo, smiling.
And suddenly-Bilbo was young again! He could sprint, gallop, prance, fly through the air, anything! Energy he never felt even when he was a young'un surged through Bilbo Baggins as he ran straight into the open arms of the King under the Mountain. Thorin chuckled loudly, joined by Fili, Kili, Balin, Dwalin, Oin, Gloin, Bofur, Bifur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, and the youngest, little Ori.
"Welcome home, my friend."
After watching BoTFA, this is a bit of a headcanon I have for the LoTR and TH series. When I was younger, I didn't think that Frodo and Bilbo could've actually died at the end of Return of The King, but when I watched it all again, I realized:
Holy sugar honey ice tea, did...Did Frodo go to heaven? *if you believe in heaven, that it*
So I thought that that's where everyone goes. There's actually a Roman/Greek myth (I think) and it was that when you die, you are carried across on a boat, and that's why people had money put on their eyes when they died-to pay the boatman. Geez, even when you die you have to pay for everything ;D
Someone asked me if BoTFA changed me in anyway. I answered, "If by changed you mean alive then dead, then yeah. BoTFA changed me."
So there you go, some comfort fiction for those (including me) still suffering from the FEELZ.