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My Thoughts

justbennett
The Shire

Oct 12 2012, 10:18pm


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I do like the way the story was placed. On first reading I was going insane wondering where Smaug was and why he never showed up to vaporize Bilbo and the dwarvsies. So, as was mentioned, I was antsy for some good ole dragon evilness.

I had never thought about the juxtaposition of heroes. Bard is a wake up call that there are capable people in the world that don't just survive by magic or by luck. At one point after reading LOTR I wondered if Bard was actually an alias of Aragorn. Ultimately, I think Tolkien just reused and expanded the character. (Call me crazy, but I see a lot of similarities in Beorn and Treebeard as well.)

One thing about the descriptions of Smaug- I don't know quite how to explain it, but there is a feeling like the story teller expects the listener to have a working knowledge of dragons. Nowhere does he say, "Now a dragon is a giant, flying, firebreathing monster that is a little bit like a lizard." Of course, most readers have an archetypal dragon in mind. Tolkein's description don't really try to mess with that. It encourages the reader to just think of the baddest dragon possible, cover it in jewels, and there you are. It really made me feel a lot more included in the story, part of the inside crowd, so to speak.

I didn't really like that Bard didn't hear about the weak spot until he had his last arrow. I'd prefer that there had been many attempts made at the spot before it all came down to the. last. lucky. arrow.

Subject User Time
***Fire and Water*** I: Smaug Attacks Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 9 2012, 8:14pm
    Smaug happens CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Oct 10 2012, 10:52pm
        Fall of Gondolin Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 11 2012, 4:45pm
    My Thoughts justbennett Send a private message to justbennett Oct 12 2012, 10:18pm
        The last lucky arrow Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 4:34pm
    The sequence is excellent. dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Oct 13 2012, 12:23am
        Bilbo as dragon-slayer Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 4:46pm
    quite a scene Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Oct 13 2012, 12:52am
        Bilbo as author Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 4:57pm
            I think of Bilbo and Frodo as the writers of an original manuscript Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Oct 14 2012, 5:05pm
    Late answers sador Send a private message to sador Oct 14 2012, 3:11pm
        and a late question Modtheow Send a private message to Modtheow Oct 14 2012, 5:14pm
            All of those you've said sador Send a private message to sador Oct 15 2012, 9:39pm

 
 
 

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