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Does one sentence in the EE clear up the Red Book of Westmarch "continuity" mistake?

DanielLB
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Oct 31 2013, 10:38am


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Ever since An Unexpected Journey was released last year, a number of threads have discussed whether or not Bilbo writing different parts of his story in the Red Book between AUJ and FOTR is a continuity error or not. But does the extended edition now clear it up (the bit bolded)?


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“Far away, in another corner of the world, dragons were only make-believe; a party trick conjured by wizards on Midsummer’s Eve. No more frightening than fairy dust. And that, my dear Frodo, is where I come in. It was the beginning of an unlikely friendship that has lasted all my life. But it is not the start of my story. It began…well, it began as you might expect. In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit…”


Is this then the sequence of the Red Book:

A mini-introduction (sort of like an abstract ?) about Dwarves, dragons and Erebor (à la the actual prologue in the book, but about Bilbo's adventure instead) [as seen in AUJ]; followed by "But it is not the start of my story..." [as seen in AUJ:EE]; Biblo then writes the "proper" title "There and Back Again..." [as seen in FOTR:EE]; and lastly begins the story with the "Concerning Hobbits" chapter [as seen in FOTR:EE] (à la the book prologue and "I suppose hobbits need some description nowadays ...")

That, to me, clears up whether or not it is a continuity error. It makes sense to me, does it make sense to you?

(And since he is so engrossed with his writing, he's also forgotten that Frodo went to meet Gandalf).

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Does one sentence in the EE clear up the Red Book of Westmarch "continuity" mistake? DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 31 2013, 10:38am
    Wesrmarch always confused Bomby? Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Oct 31 2013, 11:52am
        See "Of the Ordering of the Shire" (and "Notes on the Shire Records") in the prologue of the book. DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 31 2013, 12:06pm
            DLB..it's A Trick of Bomby's... to get you to do Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Oct 31 2013, 12:17pm
        According to the Appendices Endor Dweller Send a private message to Endor Dweller Oct 31 2013, 12:14pm
    Bilbo is an addict Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Oct 31 2013, 1:58pm
        That's probably a better explanation ... DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Oct 31 2013, 2:33pm
            And by offering up excuses.... Darkstone Send a private message to Darkstone Oct 31 2013, 2:58pm
                lol!! Bladerunner Send a private message to Bladerunner Oct 31 2013, 11:49pm

 
 
 

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