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Feb 16 2012, 10:02pm

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There is reams of evidence, in the books and in Tolkien scholarship

To suggest that hobbits are Tolkien's "anachronisms" in Middle Earth. He uses them as the vehicle to allow the reader to enter the deep and "faery" past. And dwarves are of the deep and faery past, not modern England.

There is no place, outside the Shire and Bree, for this very modern kind of "contract" that is written by Thorin. We only hear of such things when hobbits are involved, such as in Frodo's "will" in FotR, where Tolkien explicitly mentions that it is a particularly hobbitish trait to want everything written down proper in red ink, with all the i's dotted and all the t's crossed.

Tolkien's dwarves, on the other hand, are craftsmen and miners because they LOVE beautiful crafted things. Not because they want to make money, as modern merchants do.

Dwarves are not late medieval or industrial age merchants that work on contracts. They are ancient mythological beings of the Earth, with a burning passion for the crafted things of the world.

It is no accident that the dwarves of Belegost got along relatively well with Feanor and his sons. Those are not the kind of dudes that bring lawyers in to seal a deal.

Thorin's long-windedness is an overwrought, and pedantically poetic long-windedness. It is not the kind of long-windedness associated with legalese and business-speak.

(This post was edited by Shelob'sAppetite on Feb 16 2012, 10:11pm)

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