Thread: who is the topicAuthorID of this poem?
Gandalf had to be careful what he wrote in his letter unless it fell into the wrong hands. He needed Frodo to trust Aragorn, without revealing in the letter too much about who he actually was. Although the poem would have been written after Frodo had last seen Bilbo, I think Gandalf used it to give Frodo another hobbit's perspective of him. Anyone, including spies of Mordor, could have written the letter, but a poem written by Bilbo would have a style that Frodo might recognise and believe.
well well! I hope I have brought SOME light on this question!
That's basically what Bilbo does, as Valedhelgwath points out: he's a scholar and a poet. A great many of the poems in LOTR are Bilbo's. Remember that when Frodo catches up with him in Rivendell he's writing yet another historical poem, and that there, too, it's associated with Aragorn's lineage (also with Elrond). Bilbo also translated the "Fall of Gil-galad" into poetry in the common tongue. Historical poetry is Bilbo's hobby.
Bilbo obviously loves Aragorn very much, and vice versa, to judge by their interactions. They would have known each other for about 16 years by the time Frodo got to Rivendell. Only Bilbo's old age kept him from coming to Aragorn's wedding, which he'd been hoping for, for a very long time.
Aragorn's age was 87 at the time of Gandalf's letter.
Goodness, it never occurred to me to think Bilbo would lie about a poem he'd written!
Yeah I am sorry about this.
And I was this scene yesterday night again
Bilbo does tell Frodo that he wrote them himself, a long time ago, when Aragorn first told him about himself.
I better had read at first the text again befor I ask such a question Okay ?! promise I go and and study *g*
Bey and thanks for answering this silly question Bey
Remember that when Frodo catches up with him in Rivendell he's writing yet another historical poem, and that there, too, it's associated with Aragorn's lineage (also with Elrond).
Oh, and my above umbrage was contrived.