I don’t know why hobbits wouldn’t believe each other’s stories. 😛
Words of the Stripper:
I rewrote the story for this chapter so many times!
At first, it was going to be about being stalked by a walking tree and then getting startled in Old Forest, but then I realized that I encountered the walking tree in the Shire first, so I had to focus on this quest chain instead.
What was edited out of the storyboard is Carica putting her hands on the tree, dozens of baby spiders crawling out and her freaking out and taking out the torch recalling the Spider-foe chapter, all while spilling the slug draught on the tree, making it run off.
It would have been funnier, but I couldn’t fit all that in and still make her manage to escort the tree in a single comic, so they had to be cut out. Besides, having a grand adventure with the tree is much better outcome than possibly burning it all down.
Shhh… don’t tell the tree about the fire. They’re friends now.
Fun fact: Spider blood is actually pale blue as depicted in the 4th panel. That’s another animal biology trivia you’re getting from here!