Freitag, 13. Oktober 2017

Thursday, 13 October 2941 T.A.: In the shadow of Erebor

A rather Tolkienish impression of Menelvagor over Erebor
(Janet Johnson: Orion above the Matterhorn, undated)
It was probably on this day, in 2941 T. A., that Bilbo already suggested to relocate the base camp from the slope of Ravenhill to the western side of the Lonely Mountain. The published "Hobbit" does not imply specific dates but Tolkien's jotted notes as published by Rateliff suggest that the events between establishing the camp at Ravenhill and opening the Hidden Door were more compressed than the text suggests: nine days altogether, which complies with the timeline derived from the lunar phases.
The last moon of autumn was approaching its last quarter.  

Donnerstag, 12. Oktober 2017

Wednesday, 12 October 2941 T.A.: The base camp at Ravenhill



"Out of it too there came a steam and a dark smoke"
(Albert Bierstadt: Storm at the Matterhorn, 1886)
On this day, in 2941 T. A., Bilbo and the Dwarves finally reached the spurs of Erebor. Apparently they reached the outlying height called Ravenhill at about noon, for there was still enough daytime left to investigate the cliffs of Ravenhill, pass by the ruins of Dale and have a look at the main gate of the Lonely Mountain from which not only the River Running but also steam and smoke emanated.

Bilbo contemplated that "autumn was now crawling towards winter", another clear indication that the seasons in "The Hobbit" are not those that we are used to.

Mittwoch, 11. Oktober 2017

Tuesday, 11 October 2941 T. A.: The end of the boat trip

The Devastation of Smaug may have been inspired
by the No-Man's Land of Flanders
On this day, in 2941 T. A., the Lake-men finally set the Dwarves and the hobbit ashore at the right bank (the text says, on the left and western bank, but since the current was coming from the north, it was actually the right bank) of the river Celduin where the pack-horses and riding ponies sent ahead were already waiting for them. Since the Lake-men refused to camp such close to Erebor, they left even in the late evening, drifiting and riding rapidly downstream, and may have reached the Long Lake before midnight again. 

They left a tent for fourteen, though, which provided for a dry (if noisy) but "cold and lonely" night at the edge of the Devastation of Smaug.