The shallow water, which the others wade through easily, is slow going for Frederick. At its deepest places, it is almost waist-deep. But the young hobbit tries his best to keep up, showing no sign of weakness. He doesn't like the sound of camping in the wilderness, but he keeps these doubts to himself. At least the idea of drying out by the campfire is appealing.
Frederick asks Sir Harold to tell more about the Baron, his history, traits and personality. "Does he, um, know what hobbits are?" Frederick inquires. He is mostly ignorant of how the different races interact outside the Overhill. He himself has encountered multiple humans, a handful of dwarfs (but Skirvir is the first he's actually interacted with), and never an elf.