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sador
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Sep 2 2012, 10:13am


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Bilbo did know were his pipe was - he just lost his matches (see Riddles in the Dark):

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After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely. Just as well for him, as he agreed when he came to his senses. Goodness knows what the striking of matches and the smell of tobacco would have brought on him out of dark holes in that horrible place. Still at the moment he felt very crushed.



Which might point to the right answer, considering the end of our chapter:

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Gandalf, too, was lying down after doing his part in setting the fire going, since Oin and Gloin had lost their tinder-boxes. (Dwarves have never taken to matches even yet.)



Perhaps Bilbo was still trying to find how he might be of any tangible use? Just what is it that the Dwarves lacked, and the fat, bourgeoise Baggins could provide?





As a side question, remembering Thorin's beautiful smoke-rings in Bag End -
Just how did Thorin (and Gimli) smoke when he wasn't in a hobbit-hole? How do you light a pipe using a tinder-box?

"When light finally begins to come into our lives after a long darkness, only to reveal that one has still farther to go, what various ways might one react?"
- Dreamdeer



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Subject User Time
**Out of the Frying Pan...** Part VII 'An anguish had pursued him from dream to dream'. sador Send a private message to sador Aug 20 2012, 10:20am
    Question 6... Istari68 Send a private message to Istari68 Aug 23 2012, 12:03am
        Why now? sador Send a private message to sador Aug 23 2012, 9:40am
            Why now reply... Istari68 Send a private message to Istari68 Aug 24 2012, 1:06pm
    the dream titanium_hobbit Send a private message to titanium_hobbit Aug 25 2012, 1:53am
        In 'Journey to the Cross-roads', Sam has something similar: sador Send a private message to sador Aug 26 2012, 9:50am
        Agree with Titanium Hobbit SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Aug 29 2012, 4:07pm
            So who is dreaming here? sador Send a private message to sador Aug 30 2012, 11:29am
                Only Dreamdeer could say for sure SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Aug 30 2012, 2:30pm
                    Ah! sador Send a private message to sador Sep 2 2012, 10:13am
    You did have to do that, didn't you! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Aug 29 2012, 3:21am
        Yes, I had to... sador Send a private message to sador Aug 29 2012, 7:20am
            Mayonnaise? dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Aug 31 2012, 3:00am

 
 
 

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