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May 7 2013, 10:53am

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But I wasn't laughing, sarge!

Five last ones - we're nearly there! I only have to avoid a few more snags, crags, and BBQ-craving drags...

1. Which Dwarf accompanied Bilbo a bit of the way down the tunnel (on Bilbo’s first journey down the tunnel)?
Well, this scene always brings to mind Colonel Hathi asking his Dawn_Patrol for volunteers.
Tolkien says that Fili and Kili fidgeted uncomfortably.
But he didn't mention that Oin had accidentally turned his hearing aid off and Gloin was at that moment exactly looking for his tinderbox.
Poor Bifur of course did not understand, so Dori was busy explaining to him that Bilbo was not atually offering them his famous green eggs and ham dish; while Nori thought that with his old brother busy elsewhere, he could tease Ori by stealing his diary and throwing it down to the camp below.
Poor Ori, after failing to catch the dodgy one on time, went to the side of the bay and hollered down to Bofur and Bombur to bring it up (which Bombur actually remembered later in this chapter!).
That left us with Thorin's two senior kinsmen. But Dwalin pointed out that last time it was his turn, and he got badly singed already (Dwarves don't normally bald, and the famous tattoos actually covered the scars of old burns).
Balin was not at all pleased with being the last one left. But after he told the younger Dwarves all about how he found a leader he would follow in Thorin, he was asked to make good his own bragging; so he stammered incoherently that vowing to follow the leader does not mean he should go without him on a suicide mission - a glare from the majestic one silenced him, so off he went.
He accompanied Bilbo as far down until they were out of hearing; then he bid the hobbit "good luck", waited for half-an-hour longer, and then started up again. Before long, he heard the panting Bilbo below him, so they came out together, covered with undeserved glory.

2. What did Bilbo steal from Smaug’s pile of treasure and take back up the tunnel to the Dwarves?

A sneak-peek at gramma's answers for SAST #15!

He also took a double-handed cup as a trophy.

3. What key piece of information did Bilbo discover when Smaug rolled over to show his underbelly?

A few strands of dragon's hair, left behind last time it got hungry before the cleaner was finished sweeping the floor.

The truth is that Smaug was balding. He had scalped poor Azog a couple of hundred years before (originally, Azog had as fine a mane as Lurtz, with a nicer colour and far less lice), but the wig was by now falling apart, and he was desperately looking for a new one. There was a good side to this bit of news - it meant that Thorin would probably not be immolated - but admittedly, it wasn't much.

A bit more encouraging was the extra bit of news, about the small patch of his armour which fell out, leaving a part of his underbelly exposed.

(Looking up that old gem might consitute cheating, so I'll post Twit's UUT in a separate post)

4. Fill in the blanks (two words): “ ‘Never laugh at ____ _____, Bilbo you fool!’ he said to himself…”

"live dragons"

I'm actually not sure about the wisdom of that one.
On one hand, laughing at any dragon is not entirely wise, as Turin found when he laughed at the dying Glaurung - and arguably, neither Ted Sandyman nor movie-Pippin and movie-Merry came to a good end after laughing at non-living ones.
But on the other hand, dogs seem to get away with it - both Roverandom and Garm did.

5. Bilbo returned to the Dwarves after his conversation with Smaug, and they all sat in the little grassy bay discussing, amongst other things, dragon slaying. Bilbo grew uneasy; what did he then urge them to do?

To drat the thrush.

But after that - to shut the door of the Mountain.

Thank you Ro!

(This post was edited by entmaiden on May 8 2013, 1:50pm)

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Post edited by entmaiden (Forum Admin) on May 8 2013, 1:50pm

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