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Nov 8 2012, 3:59pm

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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).
I think in this case, this is the culmination of Bilbo returning back to size. He has a minor part to play in the inheritance drama, a negligible one in the Battle, and misses its final stages.

That's why it works for me. I know some others don't think it works at all.

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?

Well, in Fire and Water it is said explicitly that Beorn heard the news in his house. It makes sense that he would learn of the goblins and their plans, and hurry to join the fun.

At this point, what evidence is there to show that these commendations are genuine?
Do you mean the prophecies? How can we know?

Might they be given out of pity, or have these kings changed altogether?
Bard has nothing to gain from the Arkenstone any more: he gets his price, and the last thing he wants is to rebuild Dale with a perpetual feud with Dain.
The Elvenking seems indeed to honour Thorin; or at least, to remove from himself any claim of dishonestly appropriating his sword.

Is it the treasure that builds the foundations of peace among the three races, the comradery of battle, or something else?
It is the camraderie.
But perhaps it just brought them to their senses; and after all, prosperity is better when shared than when fought over.

"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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