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Barrels Out of Bond Part II

Kelvarhin
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May 19 2009, 4:32am


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Poor Mr Baggins - it was a weary long time that he lived in that place all alone, and always hiding, never daring to take off his ring, hardly daring to sleep, even tucked away in the darkest and remotest corners he could find.

How did you feel towards Bilbo's plight? How do you think you would have coped with long dreary days of sneaking around constantly fearing discovery?

Bilbo's described as having a shadow "altogether thin and wobbly as it was in torchlight" whilst wearing the Ring. Would you have thought this possible? Is this an example of the Ring's 'weaker' power at this time?

Bilbo shows his resourcefulness, as foretold by Gandalf, by discovering where each of the Dwarves are imprisoned. Most 'fairy-stories' talk of 'the' dungeon, yet the Professor had the Dwarves placed in cells spread all over the fortress. Why do you think this was? Do you think it adds to the tale? Is it more believable?

Finally Bilbo discovers that there is another way out of the caves and we are given a fairly good description of the water-gate and what it's used for. Included in this is the fact that the portcullis can be dropped right to the river-bed, but, that it's often left open. Why? If this is a fortress and Mirkwood has some very unsavory inhabitants, isn't this rather foolhardy of the elves? Or is it just arrogance?

It is certainly very good news for our hero, as it allows him to devise an escape plan, which we'll discuss tomorrow.

See you then!

Kel x


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Barrels Out of Bond Part II Kelvarhin Send a private message to Kelvarhin May 19 2009, 4:32am
    A few answers sador Send a private message to sador May 19 2009, 9:01am
        Psst, Kimi! "Think of poor Fili... GaladrielTX Send a private message to GaladrielTX May 19 2009, 6:40pm
            :-) They smell nicer, though. Kimi Send a private message to Kimi May 20 2009, 6:12am
    here goes.. Twit Send a private message to Twit May 19 2009, 9:34am
    Finally we get to the burglaring. GaladrielTX Send a private message to GaladrielTX May 19 2009, 6:38pm
    Separate Cells Dreamdeer Send a private message to Dreamdeer May 19 2009, 8:17pm
    Sneaking... Tolkien Forever Send a private message to Tolkien Forever May 20 2009, 12:52am
    Foolhardiness and arrogance White Gull Send a private message to White Gull May 20 2009, 1:22pm
    Torchlight and shadow FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome May 20 2009, 1:44pm
    A touch of Klass? Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone May 20 2009, 2:38pm
    Thoughts. Curious Send a private message to Curious May 20 2009, 4:19pm
    A better idea Hamfast Gamgee Send a private message to Hamfast Gamgee May 21 2009, 12:27am

 
 
 

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