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Tsk tsk, you know what they say about eavesdroppers, Bilbo. They never hear good about themselves... well, I guess in this case he at least hears Gandalf standing up for him, but the rest of the dwarves aren't exactly kind to his memory.

Nice to get such a... humble image of Gandalf. Never minding to explain his own cleverness twice, indeed.

So if the back gate is always guarded, one wonders how the dwarves and Gandalf got out... with much bloodshed? If that's the case, why were the guard still there when Bilbo went through? Oh well... At least I can't really blame him for not telling them about the ring, after all that...

And that didn't really seem like about three days' worth of adventure! I guess they were really wandering for a long, long time!

And hrmph, I was going to complain about the whole "wolves hunting down humans (and humanoids)" thing. But I'd forgotten these were fantasy Wargs, not normal wolves. Just like the eagles are not exactly normal eagles.

And it's no wonder the animated versions of the books have so much music, what with all the songs even in the books themselves!

I'll admit, I always enjoyed the image of the eagles swooping down out of the skies to snatch the dwarves and company away from certain death!

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stormfeather
Sep. 12th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
I can see it somewhat re: Bilbo, but dude, when the big ol' wizard that's saved your ass multiple times, and who is helping you just out of the goodness of his heart (and who you asked to find a fourteenth member) says "this dude will be useful, trust me!" you should maybe trust the wizard!

And it's no wonder they didn't have a watchman... I seem to recall one of the earlier chapters mentioning one of the Interchangable Dwarves *always* being the one on watch at night... that shit's gotta get tiring!
stormfeather
Sep. 12th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
Also, I seem to be fond of exclamation marks today!
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stormfeather
Sep. 12th, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
They have no cleric. And their wandering damage table seems to be... forgiving. :p

I mean really, how long are they on the road in the book, and how many random encounters do they have? (And the goblins/wargs I don't think could even count as a random encounter... too big and obviously prepared.)
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vizsludraugas
Sep. 18th, 2012 12:41 am (UTC)
I always figured that the guards Bilbo ran into were reinforcements called from deeper in the cave after Gandalf and the dwarves cut through the goblins who had been there before.

I am amused by the concept of dwarves never taking to matches. Tolkien was a little too young to remember when tinderboxes fell out of general use, but he probably heard about it from his elders. I wonder if he ever ran into someone who distrusted matches and stuck to their tinderbox?
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