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Significance of the thrush in The Hobbit

Morok Cloudkeeper
Rohan


Nov 24 2012, 2:18pm

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Significance of the thrush in The Hobbit Can't Post

What did the thrush have to do with Bilbo being able to find a way to open the secret door? I think it's because he heard a crack and it was the thrush cracking the snail. Then Bilbo saw the ray of light. I think it's that, but I just want to be sure.

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DanielLB
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Nov 24 2012, 5:14pm

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Remember Thror's map? [In reply to] Can't Post

The map had directions to a secret entrance into Erebor. In moon letters, it is written:

"Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light will shine on Durin's Day will shine upon the key-hole"

Luckily, the company got to the Secret door by Durin's Day. As the sun setted, the thrush cracked a snail against the stone, and the key hole appeared.

I hope that makes sense?

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Morok Cloudkeeper
Rohan


Nov 24 2012, 5:42pm

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Ah yes... [In reply to] Can't Post

Makes perfect sense. You see I completely forgot what the moon letters said and was a little confused why the thrush made Bilbo so excited. Thanks for the help. Wink

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.



Faenoriel
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Nov 25 2012, 1:59pm

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Michael Martinez has written an entire essay on the topic [In reply to] Can't Post

http://middle-earth.xenite.org/...hrush-in-the-hobbit/

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Gets twisted 'round some other way
And they'll hurt you if they think you've lied

 
 

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