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Thread #51265   Message #781313
Posted By: Uncle_DaveO
11-Sep-02 - 11:52 AM
Thread Name: BS: Tolkien Trivia
Subject: RE: BS: Tolkien Trivia
Going back to the intelligent animals, I've gone back to get Tolkien's actual language.

The three Hobbits have just left Bag End, and are very quietly and secretly going cross-country. They stop for the night, curled up among a great tree's roots.

"They set no watch; even Frodo feared no danger yet, for they were still in the heart of the Shire. A fox passing through the wood on business of his own stopped several minutes and sniffed.
"'Hobbits!' he thought. 'Well, what next? I have heard of strange doings in this land, but I have seldom heard of a hobbit sleeping out of doors under a tree. Three of them! There's something very queer behind this.' He was quite right, but he never found out any more about it."

I thought I remembered yet another animal who is assigned either speech or rational "inside-the-head" thought, but I can't remember now what it was, and I haven't run across it in my current reading.

Dave Oesterreich