Borir finds himself returned to the Easterly Inn, the Brandybucks there are happy to have him back. There is much talk at the Inn and travelers are passing east to west in good numbers. It seems there is a celebration in the works to the east in Dale, talk of the King of Dale having been married early in the year. Borir, his forge getting good work, is there when dwarves from the Blue Mountains pass through returning home from Erebor give the news. "King Bard married Una of Dorwinion. She had a nice rich dowry with her, and all those diplomatic ties. Not bad looking either, for one of the tall folk." Tom has returned to the Inn as well, and lends a hand and listens to the rumors and tales with a smile, glad to be in a bed for a change.
Varuthil spends her time in Rhosgobel with Radagast, he seem more pre-occupied than normal, and so from time to time she is left to deal with travelers and visitors who have come to speak to the Brown Wizard. Word comes to her that spiders, which seem more riled up of late, have come out of the forest to attack the Woodemen using boats along the Dusky River. River-maidens came to their rescue guiding the men out of the webs. One man reported seeing a gigantic Spider lurking in the shadows, could it be Tauler taking his revenge?
Rathar, wounded both in body and spirit, takes a trip to the Kingstone to refresh his spirit and hope. It is a perfect place for him to do so, and he returns home after renewed with vigor. Along his trip home afterwards he comes along a Woodman farmstead to find rumors of a chicken-thief and a 'Bloody Ghost' that has been stealing food from the fringe communities. One farmer was actually trampled to death by his cows after this 'Bloody Ghost' caused a stampede among them. Back in Woodland Hall Ingomer has placed a bounty on the head of this so called 'Bloody Ghost' for anyone that can put an end to it.
Finn's time is perhaps the most dangerous of the Fellowship, a trip west to trader's isle turns into a mad dash for safety after things turn sour among those with power there. Crossing the Anduin into Beorn's lands they found the pursuers gave way and backed off. With Finn is a new companion a woman by the name of Hild who doesn't talk much, and seem grim and dour, but escaped from the isle things may change now for her. Finn and Hild arrive at Beorn's house in time to join the chieftain of his people on trek he's taking. He is heading to Northern Mirkwood to meet with King Thranduil. Finn accompanies Beorn on the journey north, and the great man even spends a single night at the Easterly Inn telling stories and drinking up a good amount of Dody's ale.
By the end of spring as summer is moving right along some of the company has found themselves once more at the Easterly Inn: Borir, Finn, Tom, and now Hild.
While in the south Rathar is among his people at Woodland Hall and Varuthil is staying with Radagast.
The Brown Wizard has been seen less and less of late there, and when he is about he seems agitated and troubled. He sends a messenger to Varuthil, a sparrow, that alights near the elf, and whispers to her, "Gather your flock, danger is growing."