He passed like a shadow through the Shire; isolated, cut off from
the companionable talk and drinking of inns like the Green
Dragon. The hobbits were wary, for he was one of the big
folk, while the Bree-folk mistrusted him as ‘one of them Rangers’.
He did not belong in the Shire or out of it, and he sometimes feared
that he no longer belonged in Imladris either. Estranged from
Elrond, and with Arwen gone once more, his only ties there were with
his brothers – and they were seldom home.
He feared he was an outsider in his own home.