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Referring to the incident with the dragon

Al Carondas
The Shire

Jan 19 2013, 5:39pm


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After Bilbo reads the note left by Thorin and Co. accepting his offer of service, there is the following exchange between him and Gandalf:

“That leaves you just ten minutes. You will have to run,” said Gandalf.
“But - ,” said Bilbo.
“No time for it,” said the wizard.
“But - .” said Bilbo again.
“No time for that either! Off you go!”
To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside, without a hat, a walking stick or any money, or anything that he usually took when he went out; leaving his second breakfast half-finished and quite unwashed-up, pushing his keys into Gandalf’s hands, and running as fast as his furry feet could carry him …"


I’ve read TH more times than I can remember, but I never remember thinking anything more of this passage than that Gandalf simply hurried (perhaps slightly bullied) Bilbo on his way before the hobbit could change his mind. But upon my most recent reading it suddenly occurred to me that perhaps the wizard had done just a little bit more. Does anyone else suspect that a little hocus pocus is the reason that Bilbo can’t remember how he got outside? Was Gandalf’s “little nudge out of the door” (as he puts it to Frodo in the movie FotR) a magical one? Maybe a sort of Maian jedi-mind-trick?:

“You don’t need a second breakfast.”
“I don’t need a second breakfast.”
“You’re not even hungry.”
“I’m not even hungry.”
“The Green Dragon is where you want to be.”…


But seriously, what do you think? Did Gandalf cast a spell on Bilbo to get him out the door? (and has everybody else always read it that way, and I am just now catching on?) Let me know.

"Good Morning!"

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Referring to the incident with the dragon Al Carondas Send a private message to Al Carondas Jan 19 2013, 5:39pm
    I never thought of that squire Send a private message to squire Jan 19 2013, 7:39pm
        Squire said it perfectly--agree with all points.// CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jan 19 2013, 9:42pm
        Good points, Squire Al Carondas Send a private message to Al Carondas Jan 23 2013, 12:28am
        Beautifully said, and afterall - One Ringer Send a private message to One Ringer Jan 23 2013, 7:30pm
    Incident with the dragon Eowyn3 Send a private message to Eowyn3 Jan 20 2013, 10:38pm
        "...and so for a whole mile or more." squire Send a private message to squire Jan 21 2013, 1:50am
            Magic mile Eowyn3 Send a private message to Eowyn3 Jan 21 2013, 3:37am
    inspiration Daughter of Nienna Send a private message to Daughter of Nienna Feb 7 2013, 7:27pm
        Cool Al Carondas Send a private message to Al Carondas Feb 11 2013, 1:49am

 
 
 

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