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CHAPTER 7 QUEER LODGINGS
The sun was rather in your face bright when the hobbit awoke and went to put the tea on , only to remember that he was alas not home in his cozy hobbit hole in the Shire, but still up on the ledge. There was to be no warm washing up and neither sizzling bacon and fragrant toast.
At least this time his flight with an eagle was not quite so terrifying for he was permitted to be on top of an eagle's back with his hands clinging between its wings. When he had the courage Bilbo Baggins warily opened an eye and saw that the earth was very far below, the mountains far back behind him and he was up very very high. He had no recourse but to hold on even tighter. He was instantly rebuked by his gracious eagle to ordered him to stop pinching.
At last at the place the eagles had agreed to take the company and no further they began to spiral downwards for what seemed a comsiderable time. Bilbo saw the earth and beautiful oak and elm trees, comforting grassland with a stream coming nearer. And as if in tribute to the long left behind mountains there in the middle was a huge rock and it was upon this that the eagles deposited their passengers.
Now began the dignified polite speech. The eagles wish the company well upon their journeys in life until at the end their eyries received them at journeys end. Gandalf's gracious response was to say in the correct reply "May the wind under your wings bear you where the the sun and the moon walks" and then whoosh the eagles were gone.
In later days the Lord of the eagles would become the King of all the birds and he wore a golden crown, and his fifteen chieftains wore each a golden collar given to them by the dwarves, yet Gandalf did not see them again under the war of the five armies later on, but that does not concern us at the moment.
A worn path lead down from the flat of the rock top and from there a ford of enormous flat stones led to a fair grassland beyond the stream. And from there was found a good and wholesome cave with pebbly stones for a floor. It was a safe cave and it was about here that a parlay was taken to decide what steps would next be taken.
Sadly Gandalf made it plain that he had never intended in the first place to ever bring the company this far. He congratulated himself on bringing them safely so far and said he might look upon their journey now and then and the dwarves were greatly upset by this statement.