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**The Return Journey** Part Two - Resolutions

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Nov 7 2012, 3:15pm

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Following Thorinís passing, Tolkien gives us a recount of events in the preceding battle:

The Eagles had long had suspicion of the goblinsí mustering (Ö) They it was who dislodged them over precipices, or driving them down shrieking and bewildered among their foes.

In that last hour Beorn himself had appeared Ė no one knew how or from where. He came alone, and in bearís shape; and he seemed to have grown almost to giant-size in his wrath.

What is it about Tolkienís structuring that makes describing these events after the fact work? To me itís a good way to offer a little flavor to what could easily be said in few lines (in regards to the Eagles).

Considering that the Eagles have a given reason for their arrival, why canít the same be said for Beorn? Is it because we already know what we need to know of him? Or is he simply a eucatastrophe?

The lay of Thorin:

They buried Thorin deep beneath the Mountain, and Bard laid the Arkenstone upon his breast. (Ö) Upon his tomb the Elvenking then laid Orcrist (Ö) It is said in songs that it gleamed ever in the dark if foes approached, and the fortress of the dwarves could not be taken by surprise.

At this point, what evidence is there to show that these commendations are genuine? Might they be given out of pity, or have these kings changed altogether? Is it the treasure that builds the foundations of peace among the three races, the comradery of battle, or something else?

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**The Return Journey** Part Two - Resolutions One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Nov 7 2012, 3:15pm
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