Not badly used Brego, I simply was not thinking Elvish. I kept thinking somehow it was a form of a word i had no memory or knowledge of. Tres Bien Merci.
Galin, ,I must ask you, are you a scholar, teacher like our Gandalf-Olerin? If so that would explain your meticulous and impressive way you have of research.
Brego, you will laugh at me, I do myself, but as soon as I found out you are an Aussie, of course I saw you as one of the Wiggles, I love them all, on the beach, shrimp and such on the barby , a beach towel and stack of books on Tolkien and a lap top! It is strange about first impressions isn't it.
We are entering the phase of The Hobbit where I, having worked many years with broken battered and at risk children and have used my writing skills from my work as editor of a newspaper to write stories for these children, to help them cope and have hope, ,it is at this fork in the road as it were,, that I do not any more agree that The Hobbit is a suitable book for children under twelve. It is only my opinion, but it is based on actual case work of my own showing the deep harm certain images have on children under that age, no matter how 'mature' they appear to be. For instance the part coming of the demise of the ponies, while this might be nothing to a teen, to a child with a tender heart or emotional trauma who might see his or herself as the pony, it could deepen their fears of the world being a place where they will surely be harmed again, perhaps worse than what they have come through. A child from a secure loving background, where father and mother are sane, responsible, loving and non violent can take things that so many, and the number has skyrocketed in the last ten years, cannot, so that for me this is now an adult or at least a book for much older children now and I treat it as such.
Therefore, any children reading along with us, I urge you to get permission from mummy, daddy or your caregiver to read this thread, or do not read that which I may warn has great violence or emotional threats to frighten you. I would rather that you read along with an adult who can skim past certain parts so as not to cause any potential harm, or just wait to enjoy it in full at an older age. I know of a couple of dear visitors and regulars here ho are around the twelve year old mark.
And with that in mind I just may skim over certain parts allowing those following along to go and get their or someone;s copies and read for themselves, fill in the gaps of the text. My intention is simply to give the flavour of things on this thread, to interest those mature enough to get down to reading for themselves this wondrous great tale, not to traumatize those who cannot bear certain things. As I explained on another thread I and my family along with our tiny one started The Hobbit book club and it took about a month of club meetings to read through. Knowing my little one's fears and anxieties we completely skimmed over certain parts and she still understood the gravity of fighting for one's freedom and a proper way of life and the strife the dwarves went through, etc. But certain things were not read and so at the end she was delighted and learned much about real life. But was not harmed in the doing so. Just so you dear reader will not get annoyed with me. The well being of our young particpants is very very important to me.
Therefore for those contributing thought here please keep the children in mind. If I feel any part of any contribution too much for the children I will contact you and ask you to change the comment to fit the criteria. Just so we are straight on this.
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The dwarves had hoped that they might just arrive at their destination on Durin's Day but it was Gandalf who had shaken his head in the negative. unlike any dwarves who had not taken the journey in a great great while, the wizard had and he realized that even those like him and Elrond could find themselves in great peril if travelling over The Edge of The Wild.
It was not long before things happened. Any one who has journeyed in a very mountainous area, especially one bereft of much in trees, only barren grey and formidable rock knows how sound travels and falling rock or splintering rock can sound terribly frightening. And so it was that Bilbo and company found themselves lodged on dreary night under a hanging rock and the noise was tremendous. It was then that the shaking and quaking Bilbo Baggins, under his blanket happened to look afar and to his amazement there were some rock giants playing a sort of rock ball, throwing boulders to one another and sometimes smashing them to bits by hurtling to the craggy rocs far below.
The ponies were not thrilled by the noise and were disturbe and then rain and wind began and Thorin had enough and complained bitterly. Gandalf, himself feeling a little cross then commissioned Fili and Kili who had very sharp sight to go and find better shelter if that were possible. They crawled back and said they had indeed found such and it was dry and the cave did not go very far back. Gandalf grilled them about this for he knew if they did not that all such caves were usually not unihabited by someone or other.