It would be very nice, after posting so longishly on the epic speeches of epic heroes, to post shortishly on the humble stories of Frodo and Bilbo, which they deliver to the Council despite Bilbo’s hobbitish plea for lunch first.  But these speeches are not recorded for us.  It would have been interesting to see how these two Hobbits carried themselves in this Council, whether they (especially Frodo) adopted any archaisms and anastrophes, or whether they peppered their speeches with Hobbit wit, as Gandalf peppers his with wizard wit.

But, as I said, they are not included, probably because the narratives are already known to the readers, and Tolkien really could not take the extra space in a chapter already so epically long.

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The Halflings’ speeches give rise to one very good archaism:  trove.  Both Galdor and Gandalf refer to the Ring by this name afterwards, “the halfling’s trove.”  “Trove” from the Old French trover, “to find,” but with connotations of “treasure trove.”  The Ring is just that: something found, something precious, something requiring a short vernacular word to match the vernacularity of Hobbits, but also something old and requiring a word that is beginning to be unfamiliar to us:  trove.

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