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The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Movie Discussion: The Hobbit: From the book:: Edit Log


Oct 3 2012, 2:30am

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From the book:

"Bless me!" said Thorin, "haven't you got a map? and didn't you hear our song? and haven't we been talking about all this for hours?"

"All the same, I should like it all plain and clear," said he obstinately, putting on his business manner (usually reserved for people who tried to borrow money off him), and doing his best to appear wise and prudent and professional and live up to Gandalf's recommendation. "Also, I should like to know about risks, out-of-pocket expenses, time required and remuneration, and so forth" - by which he meant: "What am I going to get out of it? and am I going to come back alive?"

"O very well," said Thorin.

You see, it is Bilbo who insists on the legalese that we see in the book "contract" or note. Not the dwarves, The dwarves, on the other had, thought they had already explained everything to Bilvo by singing a song about the dragon, and reclaiming their gold!

Singing a song vs. writing up a detailed contract? Seems like a big difference to me. And it is a difference which strikes at the core of who the dwarves are vs. who Bilbo Baggins is.

Thorin is long-winded, but he does not do legalese. The contract in the film is an extension of Bilbo's personality, not Thorin's, and for that reason, I find it mistaken.

(This post was edited by Shelob'sAppetite on Oct 3 2012, 2:33am)

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Post edited by Shelob'sAppetite (Valinor) on Oct 3 2012, 2:33am

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