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Thursday, August 22nd, 2002

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The Careful Choosing of Names: Bingo Bolger-Baggins
Bingo the koala bear curled up on the sofa next to Iorhael, munching eucalyptus cough lozenges, dreaming of explosive devices, plotting world domination, dreading the return of two children named Christopher and Prisca who acted like they owned him, and wondering why their father shook his head when he looked at Bingo, and said, "I still like that name, but I suppose I should use the other one--"Frodo"--instead."

["Tolkien had as yet no clear idea of what the new story was going to be about . . . decided to introduce a new character . . . and to give him the name of a family of toy koala bears owned by his children, 'The Bingos'." Carpenter, 185; also see The History of the LOTR. Pt.I, 34 for the Bingos' habits]
Back to Origins for the Pre-canonically Impaired: Bingo the Bear
Bingo the koala bear watches the short person who he had been cuddling with get up and go over to the writing desk and sit. After munching some cough drops while perched in the potted dwarf Mallorn plant and watching the short person begin his writing, he climbs down again and pads into the kitchen alcove. He takes out a mixing bowl, and some spoons. He takes some ingredients out of the food cabinets, and some others out of the cabinet filled with household cleaners. He remembers the recipe his Uncle Bingo I taught him for making a combustible batter. He thinks happy thoughts about big explosions. He wonders what he should blow up. He wonders if the short person would be proud to see the big explosion he will make. He wonders why he wonders that. He can't figure out why. But he realizes thinking about the short person makes him as happy as thinking about big explosions. How odd that is.

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