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I don't think it was as specific as hobbit smell

CuriousG
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Dec 19 2012, 12:52pm


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I don't think it was as specific as hobbit smell [In reply to] Can't Post

In addition to the reasons you both gave, I think Gandalf wanted a non-Dwarf along to give the group some soul. I don't think he foresaw the Battle of Five Armies (especially the version of Gandalf in this book), but he did foresee Dwarvish greed and stubbornness, even among honorable folk like Thorin's. He knew a hobbit would help balance those passions, once the Took came out in the hobbit.

Gandalf tells the Dwarves that if they don't take Bilbo, they're stuck at the unlucky number of 13, but I don't buy that as a real reason. If 14 was so important, I'm sure they could have dug up another one, or left someone at home to get 12.

Subject User Time
"Why is Gandalf so eager for Bilbo to risk his life?" Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb Dec 18 2012, 11:02pm
    Yes, you are right. Eärwen of Mithlond Send a private message to Eärwen of Mithlond Dec 19 2012, 5:26am
        I don't think it was as specific as hobbit smell CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 19 2012, 12:52pm
            A"foresight"... noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 27 2012, 12:33pm
                Bilbo brought luck to the Erebor quest at times; maybe Gandalf saw that in him.// CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Dec 28 2012, 1:26am
                "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit..." Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb Dec 31 2012, 9:23pm
                    Hobbits as anachronisms noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Dec 31 2012, 9:31pm
                My apologies. Aragalen the Green Send a private message to Aragalen the Green Dec 31 2012, 11:43pm
    Perhaps to introduce the Shire-folk to future dangers? Aragalen the Green Send a private message to Aragalen the Green Dec 31 2012, 11:27pm
        The Shire study abroad program Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb Jan 1 2013, 1:36am
            "we can't live long in the heights" Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb Jan 1 2013, 2:13am
                "The memory of the high and the perilous" noWizardme Send a private message to noWizardme Jan 1 2013, 9:48am
        I always thought of it this way, too Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Jan 8 2013, 11:01pm
            The Freedom of the Bachelor Entwife Wandlimb Send a private message to Entwife Wandlimb Jan 9 2013, 12:03am

 
 
 

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