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"...for you are crunchy and good with ketchup."

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"...for you are crunchy and good with ketchup." [In reply to] Can't Post

1. That's a good description of Bilbo's growth: he "becomes more self-reliant, inventive, courageous and crafty" with each adventure. He is blessed with some degree of "luck", but it's tied in with his personal traits, and like them it seems to increase as his wisdom increases.

2. & 4. Riddle for a riddle:notice how Bilbo's "names" for himself are matched by Smaug's descriptions of his strengths. I don't have a favorite among the "names", but the one about burying friends alive and drowning them etc. has always seemed to be quite unwieldy.

As for hurricanes - well, there could be two explanations! One is that Smaug recalls such storms from past visits to the shore - probably the Eastern shore, fewer people out that way! The other is that this is a substitution for a less recognizable word from the Red Book, similar to the "whistle of an engine" used earlier.

5. Just for fun, I googled "Never laugh at live dragons", and found this phrase being compared to Shakespeare's "Discretion is the better part of valor"! But I supposed you could also say that it's similar to "Don't spit into the wind" or "Let sleeping dogs lie".


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