Oct 4 2012, 2:11pm
Looking at this still from the second trailer (alternative ending) you can almost hear Thorin saying to a chuckling Balin: "See, I told this would be necessary when dealing with a Hobbit!" while handing Bilbo the contract with blatant nonchalance.[/img]
Scene from the Trailer could support this view.
This is of course no proof at all how the scene will actually be played out, but maybe a bit of speculative fuel to this very interesting discussion.
I will find it perfectly acceptable. If after singing the song, and after Bilbo asks for more details, Thorin says something like:
"Here's the contract. Maybe you'll understand that better, hobbit."
I will embrace it.
But if the contract is played as a peculiarly dwarven characteristic, or as an extension of Thorin's windbaggery, I will find it hard to stomach, and certainly a misinterpretation of the book.
(This post was edited by Ataahua on Oct 4 2012, 6:43pm)