;;I’m surprised that at no point during the main events of The Hobbit did Gandalf advise that everyone ‘get a partner’ (a la any school field trip) to which Thorin would’ve immediately linked arms with Bilbo and growled, “Got mine. This one’s mine. I’m with the Halfling. I’m the only one who can protect him. That’s why. His role is very important to the company and-” “Yes, alright, Thorin,” Gandalf sighs.