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A Conspiracy Unmasked
Up to this point, Frodo has told his companions that he was moving to Crickhollow to live. As they reach this destination, Frodo realizes that his companions have known all along that he has to dispose of the ring and they are committed to helping him. Merry and Pippin have already decided to accompany Frodo to Rivendell. They agree that it is better to go through the old forest then the road. Fatty Bolger is to stay behind to keep a normal appearance, so that others might think Frodo is living at Crickhollow. They retire for the night and Frodo dreams that he is struggling to climb a tall tower near the seaside.
Loyal friends have great importance in this novel, as they did in The Hobbit. Frodo has not fully realized how well he is supported by his friends until now.
His dream is a forewarning of his future troubles, but with loyal friends at his side it will be much easier.