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AGulpOfWax writes"

"Much is made of the comfort of the hobbits' home life: the cosy fireside, the lovely food--raspberry jam, apple tart, cold chicken, and pickles. The terrors of Mirkwood and the Misty Mountains are set off by the wholesome pleasures of the Shire. The tale begins with Bilbo smoking his pipe and ends with him reaching for his tobacco jar. Food and tobacco can be used and enjoyed; but owning things for owning's sake is the sickness of the dragon who sits on his mound of treasure.

Is this the lesson to learn from the Hobbit? Enjoy things for the pleasure they can give you, but do not own things for the sake of owning them? What other lessons are there in the Hobbit? "


Since I am a great fan of Tolkien and The Hobbit, especially (being somewhat of a hobbit, myself) I wanted to research your question. Alas, I have loaned my book and - as is often the case with books - it was never returned. But I do have The Silmarillion which was published by Tolkien's son posthumously. While there is a complete history on the origin of the rings, I can't answer your question about the rewrite.
But I do have a question for you - I looked for 'Glup' and it is not in my dictionary. I thought it might be a misprint of 'glut' which means that wax might well stop up something, but then I read your profile, and anyone who is bothered by 'loose' and 'lose' (I once explained the finer distinctions of those two words to a poster) would not make an error. SO?

Oh, BTW, the reference to dragons is that they hoard Gold and Virgins, neither of which they can use, (since they would then no longer be in their posssesion....) so, Hobbits keep only what they can use.

roko2


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