Oh, Strider, you are so lovely. I like you ever so much more in the books than the movies. You're grim and strong and wonderful. And so intriguing, with your half-hinted backstory lingering in the shadows still here. I remember some of your fellow Rangers showing up later in the books and being all cool and mysterious and just begging to have their own books. Sigh. Yum.
But anyway, I love how Frodo goes all suspicious in this chapter. He thinks Strider is a rascal out to swindle or trap him, he thinks Butterbur forgot Gandalf's message on purpose -- Frodo just doesn't do things halfheartedly, does he? First he's one hundred percent too careless in the previous chapter, and now he's one hundred percent too suspicious. Makes me laugh.
"Go on then!" said Frodo. "What do you know?"
"Too much; too many dark things," said Strider grimly (p. 160).
"A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship" (p. 167).
Possible Discussion Questions:
I like Strider/Aragorn better in the books than in the movies directed by Peter Jackson. How about you? Or do you not see them as being much different?