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This site is so big a copy of pt! How dare they??
And "imitation is the highest form of flattery", don't you think?
"He [Bilbo] mopped his face with a red silk handkerchief - no! not a single one of his own had survived, he had borrowed this one from Elrond..." - The Last Stage, The Hobbit
I was just wondering why Elrond (evidently in a ready supply) would carry or even own handkerchiefs? Elves don't suffer from nasal congestion do they? so what's it for?
Besides, Elrond was Half-Elven, and maybe he inherited the snivvly nose trait from his Dad *shrugs*, ya never know do ya?
Aragorn woke up. He looked to Arwen's side of the bed. SHe had already got up. And there, on the pillow, was blood! Blood!
"My sweet Arwen! SHe's been sliced!" yelled ARagorn.
"Don't get your knickers in a twist, Ari!" she said. "Are you wearing knickers?"
"Yes." said ARagorn. "WHat's with the blood?"
"Oh, I suffer from nosebleeds."
They have hankies because Elrond is a very strickt guy and frowns upon wiping ones face with the sleeve of your dress/shirt/jacket or tablecloth. Red is the most used colour because the stains from the red wine doesn't show.
Have guys never read Tolkiens H.O.M.E series, "the Homes Of Men and Elves"? Often confused with some other books with the same abbreviations?
For a while I thought that elves got runny noses, got sweathy when they worked hard, got smelly armpits and greasy hair if they didn't wash, needed to use the "potty", farted and burped just like humans. Man was I wrong! Tolkien never mentions any of this!
"When the council had been sitting there for two hours, Elrond called out for a "toilet break", and all the elves rushed to the bathrooms, but Gandalf cast a freezeing-spell on them so that he could go first. Little Bilbo didn't know any spells so he decided to go ouside and do his business in the bushes and wash his hands in the river."
But a sad possibility occured to me. Handkerchiefs can be used for tears, can't they? Very poignant.
Or maybe he carries them for other people (sick hobbits and the like). Have gave Bilbo a red one because it was his least favourite colour?