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FarFromHome
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Nov 21 2012, 10:20am


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It seems a little odd that Bilbo doesn't like the songs later in the story, specifically in Esgaroth. He's like a wet blanket on the party. But I think this is Bilbo growing up from his earlier version of "gee whiz, adventure!" to a more skeptical "now that we're at the end of the road, isn't this adventure going to stir up a lot of trouble instead of gold and glory?"

I think that scepticism you describe is exactly what's changed Bilbo's attitude to the song. In Bag End, he was borne away by the great vision of adventure and romance in faraway places. Now, although the Dwarves' song is "much like the song they had sung long before in Bilbo's little hobbit-hole", it doesn't bear him away any more. Now it makes his heart sink. The first time, Bilbo was "inside the song", you might say. This time, he's on the outside, held back by his doubts and fears - the song is being sung to lighten Thorin's mood, and no longer speaks to Bilbo. Instead, he's now much more drawn to the Elves' songs, which still do have that magical effect of bearing him away to somewhere else: "...elven-harps and of sweet music; and as it echoed up towards them it seemed that the chill of the air was warmed, and they caught faintly the fragrance of woodland flowers blossoming in spring." But the Dwarves' music doesn't work its spell on Bilbo now - perhaps because he knows too much?


They went in, and Sam shut the door.
But even as he did so, he heard suddenly,
deep and unstilled,
the sigh and murmur of the Sea upon the shores of Middle-earth.
From the unpublished Epilogue to the Lord of the Rings


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The Last Stage, part III - Poetry and Prose sador Send a private message to sador Nov 15 2012, 9:23am
    “Picaresque” – nice! squire Send a private message to squire Nov 18 2012, 1:25am
        I'm glad you like it. sador Send a private message to sador Nov 19 2012, 8:57am
    Songs and tales FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 19 2012, 11:26am
        Thanks for the links! sador Send a private message to sador Nov 21 2012, 10:50am
    Tour de force CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Nov 20 2012, 7:48am
        Good point FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 21 2012, 10:20am
        Thank you! sador Send a private message to sador Nov 22 2012, 1:17pm
    *What* goes ever on and on? squire Send a private message to squire Nov 22 2012, 6:13am
        Nice analysis! sador Send a private message to sador Nov 22 2012, 6:21pm
        Truth and fiction FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 23 2012, 11:36am

 
 
 

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