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Consider this, Bilbo was finally getting over it, and then Frodo came to live with him, and the first time that little boy looked up at him with those blue eyes Bilbo didn’t sleep at all that night for fear of what he’d see when he went to sleep.
He sleeps eventually, exhausted and scared, and he sees Thorin’s eyes. But they aren’t the glossy, empty eyes of his last moment, not, it’s the wide, open gaze of when he finally accepted Bilbo into the Company after the goblin caves, it’s the excited expression of when they found the secret door, it’s the soft, shining look Thorin had when he showed him the acorn. It’s the adoring and full of love gaze he had when he finally understood his home was with Bilbo.
And that’s when Bilbo finds the strenght to write his book.