Author: L. Swilley (---.houston.res.rr.com)
Date: 04-07-05 19:05
Summa @!#$ difficultatem, I am belatedly reading "The Hobbit," largely out of respect for its continued publication. I find it terminally boring, rich in silliness and puzzling in construction of plot.
If this is the story of Bilbo's change, one of the main questions I have in that dimension is: how are the steps of the challenges he faces increasing in difficulty or danger?
Why should the Golum be the source of the magical ring?
What is Gandalf in this story? If he is as powerful as he sometimes demonstrates, why does he not simply solve the dragon problem for the dwarves himself and get on with his business - whatever that is?
Where/How did the dwarves get the gold now held by the dragon? Why does Gandalf, of all people, believe that something so material should be retrieved for anyone?
I would appreciate some answers to the above questions.