This week, Bilbo meets Beorn in the seventh chapter of The Hobbit!
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The “Withered Heath Song” is my all-time favorite Tolkien poem (aside from those by Gollum), combining detailed ‘real’-world imagery of the Wild with beautiful metaphors like the moon sailing the night-sky sea. But I disagree with one of your interpretations of it. I don’t believe it describes the wind scouring bare the trees of Mirkwood, but roiling through them and shaking off some of their leaves, as winds more usually do – an ongoing occurrence in the world the dwarves moved through.
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