Things sure can go downhill fast when you’re speaking to a crowd of hobbits. Here’s where Bilbo loses their support. You see, everything is going great when he’s just greeting people and thanking them for coming, but on this page he gets into talking about Frodo, his birthday buddy and heir, uses the word “gross”, babbles on about this also being the anniversary of his arrival on the Long Lake, and essentially insults everyone in attendance in the process. Oops.
So what do you do when you insult everyone? Vanish, of course!
Bilbo’s insult comes from the fact that (not only does he say “gross”) he says that the number of hobbits chosen to be in attendance (144) was as a result of the addition of his (111) and Frodo’s (33) ages (111+33=144 Do I have to do EVERYTHING for you?) Many hobbits feel like they were solely invited to fill out the number, and not out of Bilbo’s want of their presence. To them, that’s not okay.
Also, age-wise, we learn that Bilbo was fifty-one upon arriving at the Long Lake. This means that the events of The Hobbit occurred sixty years previous to these events. How round and even of you, Tolkien!
-Esgaroth: Town of men. On the Long Lake, south of Dale. Thus, south of the Lonely Mountain.
-the Long Lake: A lake. It’s long. Esgaroth is in the middle of it.
In First Mentions news, (or an update from yesterday)”ProudFEET!” guy is named Odo Proudfoot. He is similarly displeased with Bilbo’s speech, and stomps his (proud) feet.
And also, this probably doesn’t happen to every hobbit who comes of age, but Frodo is allowed to collect his inheritance now. It is assumed that Bilbo, who we know has wanted to leave the Shire, has waited to leave until this happened. I guess that hobbits who are not of age cannot collect an inheritance. Opportunistic thinking, Bilbo!
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
“Thag” and “buch” come from Bilbo quoting himself back on his 51st birthday in Esgaroth when he had a cold. “Thag you very buch.” He speaks better now.
Hugo Weaving. I’ll go sewing.
“It was generally agreed that the joke was in very bad taste, and more…”