Thread: Bilbo's job
And what kind of money did hobbits use?
(yeah I kinda only read The Hobbit, parts of Silmarillion, The Two Towers, and I'm mear the end in The Return of the King.... I didn't read The Fellowship because it wasn't in the library and hasn't returned last time I checked)
I just started reading the Hobbit again and it states that Bilbo's Mother Belladonna Took was wealthy and her money was used by Bilbos old man to build bag end. It doesnt really say what bilbo did for a living only that he was wealthy even before the journey to the lonely mountain. Sorry I cant be of any more help.
In other words he was independently wealthy. Of course none of the above is per canon, its merely my supposition/speculatiom.
Bilbo says to gandalf in FOTR Movie that the old winyard was laid down by his father.
The hobbits seldom used gold for their ordinary day to day trade, more in likely they used copper and silver pennies. Remember, "Bill Ferny's price was twelve silver pennies and that was indeed three times the ponies value in those parts" (Bree). You could probably buy a room for the night, including one meal with a single copper penny.
Bilbo Baggins of the Shire lived the life of a Gentleman and saw to it that his heir Master Frodo Baggins could do the same.Emma and Miss Elizabeth would have approved of him I am sure.
The Shire was a good place to live even for the poorer hobbits as everyone seemed to be able to eat their fill, drink beer at the inns and raise families. What more could one desire?
I'd desire more than the life of an eloi. They never looked beyond the borders of their confinement, or even wondered what lied there, safe a few that were regarded as odd fellows.
They didn't realize that they were basically living in a bubble. If not for the Rangers, they'd all be enslaved/obliterated by the unlight in a jiffy.
Stagnation is detrimental for any species. Without imagination, curiosity and creativity one simply goes down in the entropical maelstrom of the universe. This would've happened to the Hobbits also, if not for the return of four heroes to wake them up.
But someone has to live simply and do the time honored things common to all creatures. There is a scripture that I love that talks about how scribes are the ones who carefully write all things down and are full of wisdom and intelligence and leave for posterity wonder and knowledge, etc. But then follows the words that says that there are besides the common folk who raise the chickens and milk the cows, who work the land and get up and go to bed and live very simple lives. It ends by saying it is upon these such that the whole fabric of the world hangs, or something like that. So we need both to make life interesting. And every now and then snippets of one existence infiltrates into the consciousness of another and then the Bilbo's of this world and the Frodos and Pippens and Merrys do astounding things that shake up the world. LIfe is very simple and very complex.