From "Tolkien: A Cultural Phenomenon" (2003) by Brian Rosebury
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Frodo has to be dug out of no less than
five ‘Homely Houses’ before his quest is properly launched: first Bag End, then
the little house at
Crickhollow with its redundant guardian Fredegar Bolger, then the house of Tom Bombadil, then the Prancing Pony, and finally Rivendell
with its ‘last Homely House east of the Sea’.[i]
[i] Shippey, The Road to Middle-earth, p. 79.