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The Stone and the Ring

justbennett
The Shire

Oct 9 2012, 4:57am


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Bilbo takes the stone for the same reason he takes the ring. I'm not sure exactly what that reason is, but it seems a very similar situation. He doesn't have much time to think about it. The polite or strictly ethical thing to do would be to return it to its supposed owner. "Finder's keepers" is not a rule we live by. Of course, now that I think about it, hobbits do seem to try to claim possession in all sorts of creative ways (e.g. Sackville-Bagginses, Farmer Maggot's crops, the auction at Bag End). Perhaps it is just a hobbitish thing to do. Also, getting called a burglar over and over probably makes you a little more willing to lower your ethical standards.

The proverbs are great. They are reminders that Bilbo is a regular guy even though he's in a completely incredible situation. It makes the reader think, "Hey, I could handle this situation too if only I could remember all the wisdom my parents taught me."

I do remember feeling like they were hanging around way too long. If Smaug had shown up the story would have ended right away.

Subject User Time
***A glance back at "Not at Home"*** Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 9 2012, 12:20am
    Proverbs Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Oct 9 2012, 3:37am
        That dropped torch! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Oct 10 2012, 2:14am
        Keep calm and carry on telain Send a private message to telain Oct 10 2012, 4:07pm
    The Stone and the Ring justbennett Send a private message to justbennett Oct 9 2012, 4:57am
        What about his mother's wisdom? Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 10 2012, 3:10am
            Tolkien hates women (just kidding!) CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Oct 10 2012, 11:34pm
        I know what you mean... telain Send a private message to telain Oct 10 2012, 3:59pm
    What a great idea! sador Send a private message to sador Oct 10 2012, 8:48am
        In Bilbo's Defense justbennett Send a private message to justbennett Oct 10 2012, 5:31pm
        one link not working Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 8:21pm
            Is it supposed to be this one? dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Oct 14 2012, 11:43pm
                Yes, that's it. sador Send a private message to sador Oct 15 2012, 7:51am
                    You're welcome! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Oct 17 2012, 1:55am

 
 
 

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