Houses as Book Openings

Gryffindor: “All this happened, more or less.” - Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Ravenclaw: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” - Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Slytherin: “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” - Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Hufflepuff: “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” - The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

Canon Bagginshield???

Okay .., I’ve pointed out in other posts why Bagginshield seems canon, whether you want to believe it or not … 

Case in point … Thorin and Bilbo grow closer as the story progresses … Bilbo cried himself horse when Thorin died … (and the biggest one) … THORIN GAVE BILBO A MITHRIL SHIRT, WORTH THE WHOLE OF THE SHIRE (AND EVERYTHING IN IT) WHILE IN THE MIDST OF GOLD-SICKNESS, WHEN HE WAS GREEDY AND SELFISH AND WANTED ALL THE GOLD FOR THE DWARVES ALONE.

But here is another fine point ….

Tolkien states (in the appendices of LOTR) that Dwarves live to about 250 and that the average Hobbit live to about 100.

Thorin was 195 when the Quest started … or about 55 years away from the average max life-expendancy of Dwarves.  While Bilbo was 50 … or about 50 years away from the average max life-expendancy of Hobbits.

Yes, Bilbo had the ring and lived longer and, granted, some Dwarves live longer than 250 years.

In other words … THORIN AND BILBO WERE PERFECTLY AGED TO LIVE A LIFE WITH EQUAL TIME REMAINING.   I find it interesting that there seems to be a subtle declaration that had Thorin lived, he and Bilbo could well have lived out a life together.  in peace.

Thranduil, The Sass Master.
  • Thorin: Dramatically yelling profanities in Khuzdul.
  • Thranduil: I wish these insolent dwarves were fluent in silence.
  • Gandalf: Persisting Thranduil to heed his words of advice.
  • Thranduil: I, now, truly believe in annoyed at first sight.
  • Tauriel: Claiming her undying love for Kili.
  • Thranduil: I apologize, was I rolling my eyes too loud?
  • Legolas: Continuously whines about Tauriel not loving him.
  • Thranduil: You know what this sounds like? Not my problem.
  • Elrond, Galadriel, Saruman: Waiting for Thranduil's arrival at the Council.
  • Thranduil: Sorry I'm late. I was distracted by enjoying the few, spare moments of not wishing to be here.
  • Sauron: Claiming he'll take over all the lands of Arda.
  • Thranduil: Please, you are just like another Monday in my 6,500 years of living.