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Don't leave the path...don't leave!

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Sep 7 2012, 12:45am

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The raid of revenge planned by the goblins and Wargs is into "the lands shadowed by the mountains", and is intended to find the dwarves or "the men and creatures that lived there, and who they thought must be sheltering them." Because Beorn expects them to take the ford south of them, I would assume that most of the Men in that area live south of Beorn.

It's curious that Beorn thinks they won't cross the River for a hundred miles north of Carrock, maybe that is considered his own "territory", where he regularly prowls? Could it also be that that is the primary territory of the regular bears?

And I can't blame Beorn for following the dwarves "in disguise". He likes them, and now he wants to make sure he can trust them. And to guard them in case a stray goblin or Warg does find their track.

At this stage Gandalf is quite aware that: 1. Bilbo is "lucky"; and 2. he has some kind of secret "something" that helped him escape from the goblin tunnels - what, he doesn't know, but since Bilbo obviously wants to keep it secret, he will too. So he is more confident about the dwarves getting through Mirkwood than he would be had they been without this particular hobbit.

Interesting, isn't it, how both Gandalf and Beorn emphasized "Don't leave the path"? Now you KNOW that those 14 travellers will leave it! Laugh And the Tolkien boys are chuckling with anticipation...


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"

"It struck me last night that you might write a fearfully good romantic drama, with as much of the 'supernatural' as you cared to introduce. Have you ever thought of it?"
-Geoffrey B. Smith, letter to JRR Tolkien, 1915

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**Queer Lodgings**: To Mirkwood. Pryderi Send a private message to Pryderi Aug 23 2012, 8:40pm
    Well... Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Aug 24 2012, 8:59pm
    Late answers sador Send a private message to sador Aug 30 2012, 12:15pm
    Don't leave the path...don't leave! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Sep 7 2012, 12:45am


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