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1...Can you recall another Tolkien tale that had a character conversant with fowl friends?

What comes right to mind is Mew, the seagull in the Roverandom story. But may I also include Aragorn, who "looked fowl but felt fair"? Wink

2...In a story riddled with deus ex machina, would you rate the thrush’s or the eagles’ contribution higher?

Tough one! Without the Eagles, you'd have dwarf (and hobbit and wizard) flambé. And nothing further in the story. But without the Thrush, you'd have the entire population of Lake-town done up crisp, and a dragon still hungry...and then you'd have dwarf flambé.

3...the Arkenstone was a Silmaril, true or false.

Originally? Yes, according to Rateliff, or at least, "yes" in Tolkien's mind. He offers as support for this theory Tolkien's early Old English version of The Book of Lost Tales, which included the line: "Féanor Noldena hláford worhte þá Silmarillas, þæt wæron Eorclanstánas" ("Arkenstones", meaning precious or holy stones). (pp. 603 on)

Actually, originally this was the Gem of Girion, but the story was revised to make the payment for the mail a necklace of green gems, and the Gem became a totally different item.

Rateliff also has the answer to "Who was Bladorthin"? His response: "...a sad relic for what had been the name of one of the story's main characters" (p. 525). How the mighty have fallen!


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