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Nov 5 2012, 4:30pm

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How do Bilbo’s words come across?
He needs to recover.

They seem to be somewhat passive, or plainly observant; almost unimpressed. Is Bilbo committed to the battle at all?
Yes, he's just dazed.

It seems that had Bilbo known his fortune in the Ring he might have not been around at all, or is there some other meaning to it?
I don't get you meaning. Please expound.

Is there something a bit vain about Gandalf?
Of course!

Given the narrative and his reaction, does he assume that if he walks away from battle with a sling, that Bilbo should be dead?
No, I don't think that's the issue. Bilbo has been missing for so long; and Gandalf doesn't know of the Ring yet.

Note the emphasis on “I am glad!”. Why else wouldn’t he be?
In case his burglar wasn't sure of the affection.

Is there something significant that the overall moral of the story has been displayed by Bilbo before the adventure had been fully realised?
No, I disagree. Thorin doesn't even say "it would have been a better world" - only "a merrier" one. This can't be the sole moral of the book.

What was the purpose of his adventuring?
I'll keep my thoughts for next week, if you don't mind.

Who learned the most in the end?
Bilbo, of course.

"And so the healing begins. The original readers had no idea, of course, about the Halls of Mandos; with that in mind, does it make sense for these Elves to seem "glad" rather than "relieved", or is this Tokien unconsciously bringing his mythology into the story?"
- dernwyn

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