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Say not 'unscathed'...

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Sep 7 2012, 2:12am

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But not 'unchanged', either: Bombur is suffering the after-effects of a coma-like sleep. I like to think that his memory returned eventually. But his waking up probably has more to do with the enchantment losing potency after a week (using Fonstad's guide, he fell into the river on August 15, and it is now August 23).

As for Tolkien's timing, I bet you're right that the rain had something to do with Bombur's wake-up: thoughts of water from the rain, thoughts of food from the dreaming dwarf, and a light in the distance - it's the perfect set-up!

Great point about the ineffectiveness of the Elf guards. Assuming they had them, of course, but with those spiders around, it would not make sense to be undefended. Considering the "dwarvish racket", how could the uninvited guests not have been heard until they (literally) crashed the party!

(And Kili might be "smitten" by Tauriel in this scene - in the other sense of that word! Wink)


"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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