Presents, food, and fireworks. That’s what this page is about. Really, what could be better?
As we learned previously, Bilbo is giving out extravagant presents. We learn here that when you’re a hobbit, instead of getting presents on your birthday, you give them out. Who’s got two thumbs and is glad they’re not a hobbit?
So, Bilbo is standing at the gate handing out presents, and some hobbits are even greedy enough that they sneak out the back just to go through the front again and get another present. And these presents are AWESOME. We’re talking dwarf-made here. They are apparently the best birthday presents ever seen in the Shire. Way to go, Bilbo.
Also, the reason that the Gaffer was arguing that Bilbo wasn’t crazy rich? It has to be because he clearly spent ALL OF HIS MONEY on this party. Now he’s just average in his wealth.
There is also food. Lots of food. Yes, there is lunch, tea, and dinner, but hobbits never stop eating, so there’s just endless food.
And fireworks. So. Many. Fireworks. Like, half of the page is devoted to talking about the awesomely varied fireworks that Gandalf is shooting off. More to come on those.
First Mentions: (They’re back!)
-the Mountain: The Lonely Mountain where the band of dwarves and Bilbo venture to in The Hobbit. Now under dwarven rule.
-Dale: The town of men just south of the Lonely Mountain.
-the Water: Is this the water by Bywater? Must be…
So, we get a long list of fireworks that Gandalf is shooting off. Probably a good half of them are well described. The others are just in a list. You know what that means? It must be my job to decipher what those ill-described fireworks do!
1. Squibs: Small fireworks. Or possibly, fire-not-works. For example, different magical series: Argus Filch.
2. Crackers: Fireworks that make a cracking noise? Are salty?
3. Backarappers: What? Something to do with a rapper, on the back… Parappa the Rapper?
4. Sparklers: Sparklers, duh.
5. Torches: Torches are not fireworks, they’re torches. They light caves and things, but whatever.
6. Dwarf-candles: Candles made by dwarves. Or short candles. Either way.
7. Elf-fountains: Fountains made by elves. Or fountains spouting elves. Either way.
8. Goblin-barkers: These probably make a noise similar to a goblin barking out something. Nothing more fun than imagining that at your peaceful party, right?
9. Thunder-claps: These might make the same sound as thunder.
And then there’s a list of fireworks that are well explained, ending with the dragon firework. In the book, this is the planned finale, and is not set off by Merry and Pippin being delinquents.
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Still trying to imagine what a backarapper is…
Get down with your hobbit self.
“Out flew a red-golden dragon – not life-size, but terribly life-like: fire came from his jaws,…”