The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

Why are Bilbo's things being sold?


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The first time, upon Bilbo's return from the Lair of Smaug, Bilbo had been gone so long, he was declared legally dead, and his goods were being sold off as part of an estate execution (the exact Shire legal structure and names for this procedure were never mentioned).

The second time, Frodo sells off the remainder of Bilbo's things except that which he carries with him, when he pretends to move to Buckland.