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Gives us a new meaning for the term "sleep on it"!

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Oct 29 2012, 1:13am

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How big is that stone, anyway? Not so big that it wouldn't fit in a hobbit's pocket, or mess up his sleep (except psychologically).

Bilbo was by now living in constant fear of being found out - and considering Thorin's ever-worsening mood, he knew he was past any point of possibly returning the Stone to him without repercussions. But that's a curious idea, what would have happened had Bilbo, when the dwarves first entered the cavern and came up to him, produced the Stone from his pocket with a "look what I found"! It was early enough in the game that Thorin would have been pleased with his burglar, and perhaps considered the terms of service for his "buglaring" fulfilled.

And it may well be that Thorin might have been in a better mood for bargaining, since his primary treasure was recovered!

What a thought: Bilbo's bit of burglaring drove Thorin insane, worse than gold-fever, making the hobbit responsible for the standoff!

Back to the present...a very good question, would Bilbo's guard-switching trick worked with any of the other dwarves! Only if there were any other who valued a good bit of sleep in a warmer area over staring his appointed guard. Meaning: none, as dwarves for the most part can put up with any uncomfortableness. So I think Bilbo's decision was based on three factors: Thorin's unyielding mood, Bombur's presence, and the hobbit's growing unease with his possession of the Arkenstone.


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

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**A Thief in the Night** II - Bilbo's plan titanium_hobbit Send a private message to titanium_hobbit Oct 23 2012, 1:09pm
    I always wonder about the arkenstone. Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Oct 23 2012, 3:40pm
    Answers sador Send a private message to sador Oct 24 2012, 4:01pm
    Gives us a new meaning for the term "sleep on it"! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Oct 29 2012, 1:13am
        Interesting idea Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Oct 29 2012, 3:34am


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