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Dirhaval
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Jun 23 2013, 10:38pm


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I have thought about Sting's origins too.
I say that is does not matter AND that was Tolkien's point.
The Hobbit is a story about Bilbo finding himself. That is it period

Thus, the elf dagger given to Bilbo is a way for him to find himself by
using the weapon and naming it himself. I doubt Gandalf could not read
the runes on the swords or guest their origin. In any case he wanted
Elrond to provide "help" in reading the runes to Thorin. My opinion.
I say that Sting too had its origins on it, but were not meant to be read
to Bilbo OR Gandalf did not want to give Bilbo the hope the dagger was carried
by the King of Gondolin.

Think about it. Two swords from Elves of royalty still together
after all these years? Surely the elves who had these swords
died in close proximity? Thus it was a deadly battle meaning
the dagger had to be drawn, thus it was easily seen by the vandals
who took all three blades.

My summary is that Sting was meant to not have a history for Bilbo to find himself and thus
be productive with the company. A better question is: Why did Gandalf give a weapon to Bilbo AFTER the troll encounter?

Subject User Time
The Identity of Sting Artomun Send a private message to Artomun Mar 23 2013, 4:45am
    Brilliant first post. DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Mar 23 2013, 1:21pm
        Many Thanks Artomun Send a private message to Artomun Mar 23 2013, 9:30pm
            H. "Is the knife Sting?" squire Send a private message to squire Mar 23 2013, 10:29pm
                Wow Artomun Send a private message to Artomun Mar 24 2013, 12:39am
    It is more likely the other way around squire Send a private message to squire Mar 23 2013, 2:19pm
        Touche Artomun Send a private message to Artomun Mar 23 2013, 9:21pm
            The Mind of a Goldfish Artomun Send a private message to Artomun Mar 23 2013, 9:35pm
    Brilliant! CaptainFaramir13 Send a private message to CaptainFaramir13 Mar 23 2013, 7:29pm
    Sting Dirhaval Send a private message to Dirhaval Jun 23 2013, 10:38pm

 
 
 

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