for the LOTR100 might-have-been challenge
“Sauron may not consider that we would cast it back into the fire. Someone must take it to the Sammath Naur where it can at last be unmade.
“I see.” Bilbo rose. “I began this, and I must finish it. When ought I to start?”
“A valiant offer, but beyond your strength, my friend. Your obligations are fulfilled.” Gandalf smiled. The strength of the halflings would never cease to amaze him. No doubt if Frodo had survived his wounding, he would already be volunteering to carry on in his uncle’s stead.
Bilbo sighed, but looked visibly relieved as he sat.