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" 'And light are their feet,' muttered the dwarf under his breath. "

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Now, the first thing to remember is: this "little-known pathway" is an Elf-path. That is why it is under such enchantment that the dark creatures of Mirkwood cannot get at anyone who is on the path. (And that may be the primary reason they were told to stay "on the path": that assured their safety.)

I assume that Elves would be immune to the effects of the river, and probably typically flitted across it like a stone skipping across the water. At some point in time they may have needed to cart loads of goods across it, so a bridge was built, but no longer needing it, they let it fall prey to Time. A boat was still necessary, for any items they may have gotten in trade (probably a yearly trip to Beorn's for honey), a nice grey elven-boat which would pass across the water at their bidding (only mortals need oars), so that was kept on "their" side of the river.

Could it be that Gandalf and Beorn still thought the bridge was in place?

I doubt any dwarves would have used this path after the demise of Smaug: with their wealth, they probably fixed up the eastern end of the Old Forest Road and cleared it for increased use, or even created a new path through the Forest.

And Thorin should keep his mouth shut. Something bad is going to happen to him if he keeps saying something bad will happen to others; he's bringing the superstition on himself.


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915

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