How Bilbo Got His Big Break

I read The Hobbit when I was about eight– and re-read the entire series from beginning to end the way kids read Harry Potter. So don’t take this as a bash:)

I got into an amusing conversation the other day. The entirety of the series is kicked off by Bilbo recovering The One Ring. So, my question was: why Bilbo? How did Gandalf come to this decision, and why was he hanging out with the dwarves, anyway (but that’s another question:)

So, I imagine Gandalf was sitting around, with someone, having this conversation.

Person: We’re going after Smaug’s gold and we need one more person.

Gandalf: You have twelve dwarves who know the mountain, you should be fine.

Person: We need a thief. Someone who can sneak inside and scope it out.

Gandalf: Well, just get another dwarf.

Person: <looks at Gandalf like he is an idiot> Dwarves do not steal, or sneak!

Gandalf, <tapping the ashes out of his pipe>. Yeah. I can see that. Stompy loud buggers.

Person: <glares at Gandalf>.

Gandalf: So, you need a thief.

Person: That’s what I said.

Gandalf: Well, the elves are good at –

Person: Are you insane?

Gandalf: right- I can’t think of a single elf who would lower himself to travel with dwarves.

Person: That’s not what I meant!

Gandalf: <ignoring the froth and spittle>. What about a human?

Person: Like who?

Gandalf: Maybe someone from Gondor?

Person: Too busy fighting their own wars. Take a look at Osgiliath.

Gandalf: <relighting his pipe> Good point. They’re much too busy to worry themselves about a petty quest.

Person: <more glaring>

Gandalf: What about the Rohirrim?

Person: When is the last time any of them did anything for anyone else?

Gandalf: You have a point there. They wouldn’t want to risk a dragon eating those beautiful horses.

Person: You aren’t very helpful.

Gandalf: I have an idea.

Person: Is it better than the other ones you had so far?”

Gandalf: Well, you probably aren’t going to like it.

Person: What is it?

Gandalf: A hobbit.

Person: A what?

Gandalf: A hobbit.

Person: Never heard of it.

Gandalf: Well, they are small. And good at staying hidden. You’ve never even heard of them, so they must be very good at it.

Person: <looking doubtful>

Gandalf: And there is one other benefit.

Person: What?

Gandalf: We just might be able to convince one of them to do something this completely and utterly stupid.

Person: <chewing his lip> Hobbit it is!

2 Comments

  1. I like it and I have read all of the books and seen all of the movies so far. I want more of this. thank you for continuing these stories.

    • Hi Terry,

      thanks. I thought it was kind of funny. I imagined Gandalf sitting around with someone, or a group, drinking and trying to come up with a solution. ie, the scene that kickstarted the story:)

      I am glad you appreciate the post for what it is and not trying to take anything away from the books or movies;)

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