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What's he got that I ain't got?

Finding Frodo
Grey Havens


Oct 28 2012, 3:34am


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How does Bilbo get the courage to just be "oh hey elves, I need to just waltz in and see Bard and your King" - that's pretty crazy! Although the hobbits of LOTR seem to have a similar naivety about respecting Kings and Lords and just get in there and interact with them. Do they learn this from Bilbo, or is this a standard hobbit trait?


After all Bilbo has been through, escaping from trolls, goblins, wolves, giant spiders, and from the elves themselves, it is not that surprising that he has enough courage to "waltz in" to see Bard and the Elvenking. He has conversed with Smaug and not only lived, but discovered the flaw that led to the dragon's death. Why then should he not be able to talk to a man and an elf whose castle he lived in undetected for weeks?

As for the other hobbits in LotR, we must remember that all except Sam were from leading families in the Shire, so that gives them a certain amount of confidence to start with. Add that to innate hobbity hardiness and it's not so surprising that Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin can hold their own with nobility, though they "can't live long on the heights". They prefer their simple ways.

Where's Frodo?

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**A Thief in the Night** III - A rush to the end titanium_hobbit Send a private message to titanium_hobbit Oct 27 2012, 11:19am
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