I’m not sure what to make of this page… I think there’s elven racism going on.
After finishing the song, Bilbo is congratulated by the elves listening to him. They want to hear it again, and apparently Bilbo has asked if they could figure out which verses were written by Aragorn, and which by him. One elf remarks how they cannot tell the difference between the two. Two mortals, even of different races, appear the same to elves.
Bilbo, satisfied, and too tired to sing again, walks over to Frodo. He admits that the entire song was his doing, and that he doesn’t often get much praise for his writing. Both are tired, and Bilbo suggests slipping away from the company to have a more private talk.
-Lindir: Elf listening to Bilbo sing. Totally a racist.
Allow me to explain…
I don’t throw this around lightly, but Lindir, as well as the elves around him, are kind of racist against mortal races. Take a look at what they say:
-“It is not easy for us to tell the difference between two mortals.”
-“To sheep other sheep no doubt appear different. Or to shepherds. But Mortals are not our study. We have other business.”
If that doesn’t sound like the “I’m so ignorant that all people of a different race look the same” argument, I don’t know what it is. Generally, we like elves, but this Lindir fellow is seeming a bit off. I don’t like him, not one bit.
Ultimately, Bilbo shrugs it off, so I guess he accepts their ignorance? He has better things to do anyway.
Apparently Aragorn joked about Bilbo singing about Eärendil in the house of Elrond. When you think about it, it is kind of strange. Bilbo sang an epic tale about Elrond’s dad. How often does that happen? Would you want someone to sing about your dad all the time? That might get awkward.
Words My Computer Didn’t Like:
See! My computer didn’t like him either. I’m not alone.
“In spite of his delight in Bilbo’s company Frodo felt a tug…”