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telain
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Nov 19 2012, 4:00pm


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I always assumed (perhaps it is the geographer in me) that the first/last moniker was due to the direction in which they were travelling. Bilbo grew up in the Shire, which is West of Rivendell. Beyond Rivendell is the Mountains (= wilderness, or lack of civilization.) Therefore it might be common in the Shire and surrounding environs for Rivendell to be called "The Last Homely House West of the Mountains." However, since they are travelling back (i.e., returning "home" to what Bilbo might call the familiar or "civilized world") Rivendell is the now the "First Homely House," i.e., the first marker that they are on their way to more familiar ground, to something that reminds one of "home".

That last comment also might provide an explanation for the use of "homely", (i.e., more akin to "comfortable, familiarity,") since I wouldn't think Rivendell would be "plain" or "unattractive" in any way...

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The Last Stage, part I - "And elves are still singing" sador Send a private message to sador Nov 12 2012, 12:55pm
    Is this the last chapter SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Nov 13 2012, 4:13am
        Me? Plunge? sador Send a private message to sador Nov 13 2012, 12:29pm
            "Last (or First)" SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Nov 13 2012, 3:57pm
                directional? telain Send a private message to telain Nov 19 2012, 4:00pm
                    "Last Decent House" sador Send a private message to sador Nov 20 2012, 7:41pm
                        yes! telain Send a private message to telain Nov 21 2012, 5:07pm
    Just one thought... FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 18 2012, 4:40pm
        An "elvish dream"? sador Send a private message to sador Nov 19 2012, 9:06am
    Elves. Hmph. CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Nov 19 2012, 10:44pm
        I saw two shooting stars last night / I wished on them but they were only satellites sador Send a private message to sador Nov 20 2012, 8:17pm

 
 
 

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