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Sheesh Bilbo, you've been on the road for how long now? And still are trying to go put the kettle on, thinking you're home? Although given the dream he had at the end of the previous chapter, I guess it's somewhat more understandable.

I notice Gandalf puts "good management" before "good luck," in his little "oh hey, I saw you off safely!" bit.

I had completely forgotten about Beorn. But what the hell more easy-tempered friend do the dwarves think Gandalf is going to find for them, out in the middle of the woods? Geez.

Hrm, the way Gandalf was talking I was thinking he knew Beorn personally, but apparently not! He handles him pretty well though, regardless.

Dogs walking around on their hind legs using their front paws? Even so, without opposable thumbs one wonders if they give very good service... maybe I should try to train Lady to see how well she does. :p Also, considering how much Beorn doesn't like visitors, his "friends" seem pretty well equipped to deal with a bunch of them!

You know, as soon as Beorn said "oh, don't go out at night, because it's dangerous" I expected someone, possibly Bilbo, to do just that. But no, they didn't. Shocking.

It feels a bit weirder for Beorn to be lending them ponies and horses and all, when we know that his ponies and horses are so intelligent - it's almost like he's lending them slaves. *shiver* Well, I guess one can look at it like, they're his friends, and agreed to help out his other friends for a while.

So the river

Forgot to post the schedule last time! Monday, it's Chapter 8.


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Sep. 15th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
Hah! I didn't really think about it, but now that you mention it...
Sep. 18th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
I had never thought of that before, but it makes perfect sense-although I rather think Gandalf didn't play up how fierce Bilbo was.
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Sep. 17th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Trickling the dwarves in was good, and I agree with desdenova, I could see Gandalf using that same sort of gentle introduction to not throw our hobbit into shock.

Re Bombadil: an explanation.
Sep. 17th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
OMG. Beorn = Bjorn, which is Swedish for "bear".

And Gollum is named for the sound he makes, and Smaug certainly wreaks smoke & fog on Laketown, and I should stop there before I ask what a bilbo is.
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Sep. 17th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
Awwww. I looked in the vain hope that the British pronounce "smog" funny, but no. It's almost as bad as finding out it's not pronounced "Tolk-i-en".
Sep. 18th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
It's interesting that Gandalf refers to Radogast as his "good cousin," isn't it?

Tolkien is very descriptive of how miserable a long march is when you're hungry-probably because he went on more than a few of those marches himself.

Gandalf is breaking out with the pipe again: the Surgeon General must have a really hard time convincing wizards to give up their habit.

Beorn forced a goblin and a wolf to tell him what was going on. We don't get any details about how he did it, but I imagine a growling bear can be very persuasive. Of course, he kills his captives, so I wonder if he tortured them first.

Don't leave the path, don't leave the path..to this crew, that's pretty much the go-ahead.
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