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Lessons for a Young Hobbit
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G is for Grammar--and Gardeners

G is for Grammar—and Gardeners

“Grammar indicates that if’n isn’t a correct word to use,” Frodo began, only to be interrupted by Bilbo.

“That’s quite enough of you trying to be the grammar-shiriff,” the older Hobbit said. When Sam had gone home for lunch, Bilbo explained, “You must understand, Frodo, that we are already challenging the Gaffer’s expectations by seeing to it that his children know how to read and write and figure. If you insist that Sam speak with grammatical correctness, he will see it as you encouraging his son to be above himself, and he may forbid him taking more lessons.”

Frodo nodded.


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