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G-i-P Report: Bilbo’s contract almost deciphered!

Śource: The Hobbit: Deciphering Dwarf Documents” (Heirs of Durin website)

A Tolkien scholar, DarkJackal, having discovered the highest resolution images from The Hobbit movie of Bilbo holding the contract which Thorin & Co. wrote, has done good job trying to decipher it. His findings are based on some visible evidence, and a whole lot of guesswork. Let us see what can be seen on this picture (read the whole text from Heirs of Durin website).

In the movie the text of Bilbo’s contract is much more developed than in the book: maybe even ten times longer – see (1) below. DarkJackal has divided the contract into sections roughly based on paragraphs, labeled A through L, which are upside-down in the image. His attempt to sharpen the writing in Photoshop actually helped very little. His reconstruction is a mere guess in many places (read about his method in the linked text). The result (very interesting!) can be found there too. DarkJackal will be very thankful if somebody could help him to decipher whole document. Let us help him!

(1) In his book J.R.R. Tolkien provided us with this text of Thorin’s text:

“Thorin and Company to Burglar Bilbo greeting!

For your hospitality our sincerest thanks, and for your offer of professional assistance our grateful acceptance.  Terms: cash on delivery, up to and not exceeding one fourteenth of total profits (if any); all traveling expenses guaranteed in any event; funeral expenses to be defrayed by us or our representatives, if occasion arises and the matter is not otherwise arranged for.

Thinking it unnecessary to disturb your esteemed repose, we have proceeded in advance to make requisite preparations, and shall await your respected person at the Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, at 11 a.m. sharp. Trusting that you will be punctual,

We have the honour to remain
Yours deeply
Thorin & Co.”

(Source: J.R.R. Tolkien  The Hobbit)

Kategorie wpisu: Filmy: Hobbit i WP, G-i-P Report, In Westron (English)

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