[2/2] But this time when Azog appears through the trees, he’s dragging Bilbo with him. Azog taunts Thorin, and after seeing a reaction, knows the halfling has value. As Thorin charges the pale orc, Bilbo is stabbed and dropped unmoving. The eagles arrive in time to save them all, but don’t pick up Bilbo thinking him dead. From the air, Thorin sees Bilbo trying to crawl away from the orcs, but can do nothing to help.
but what if bilbo’s already dead, and the eagle takes him anyway
and thorin wakes on the carrock again, wounded again, wrong again, and whispers, the halfling
all gandalf can do is shake his head
and thorin struggles to his feet, and sees bilbo, maimed on the rocks, and the dwarves draw back to let him through
and he takes bilbo’s head in his arms and he’s heartbroken, because his one has died (and he didn’t even know, didn’t even realise what he meant to thorin) and he swallows and says that they should bury him
and they do, in a meadow of wildflowers