December 4th, 2010
John Reilly's The Gray Havens is an alternate history of the end of the War of the Ring:
"The end of the world is one thing, but missing lunch is serious."
It was March 25, in the 3019th year of the Third Age, and Arwen was not taking the lack of news from the South well. She needed to get out of her rooms. As for me, being a Hobbit, I would have gone to lunch even if I were on fire. [...]
The Point of Departure for this particular bit of alternate history is that Frodo failed and the One Ring found its way back to Sauron. As you might imagine, this complicates the lives of Men, Elves, Dwarves and Hobbits1 in all sorts of ways.
- Including Bilbo Baggins who, as the story begins, is hanging around Rivendell, talking Arwen into going to lunch whilst waiting for word of his nephew Frodo's quest. ↩