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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

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Tolkien Reading Day at read_lotr_aloud: Voice Post
Happy Ring Day! lavendertook here with a post for Tolkien Reading Day at read_lotr_aloud. All today's readings are here.

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Partial transcriptions with some differing intro's than I make in the voice post follow here:

In The Return of the Shadow which is Vol. 6 of The History of Middle-Earth and a recounting of the early drafts of FOTR, Christopher Tolkien quotes his father's biographer Humphrey Carpenter's statement that the name "Bingo" comes from "the name of a family of toy koala bears owned by his children, 'The Bingos'" (qtd in RotS 28).

CT then footnotes this to state:

I find it difficult to believe this, yet if it is not so the coincidence is strange. If Bingo Baggins did get his name from this source, I can only suppose that the demonic character (composed of monomaniac religious despotism and a lust for destruction through high explosive) of the chief Bingo (not to mention that of his appalling wife), by which my sister and I now remember them, developed somewhat later. (34)

In The Return of Shadow, Part 1 of The History of The Lord of the Rings Christopher Tolkien transcribes his father's notes as follows:

Too many hobbits. Also Bingo Bolger-Baggins a bad name. Let Bingo=Frodo, a son of Primula Brandybuck but of father Drogo Baggins (Bilbo's first cousin). So Frodo ( =Bingo) is Bilbo's first cousin once removed both on Took side and on Baggins. Also he has as proper name Baggins.

[Frodo struck out] No--I am too used to Bingo.


Then Christopher Tolkien adds:

All of this from 'No - I am now too used to Bingo', was struck out in pencil, and at the same time my father wrote 'Sam Gamgee' in the margin, and to 'Bingo originally intended to go alone' he added 'with Sam'. It may be that this is where he first set down Sam Gamgee's name. (221)

"But if I may say so, though it was a grand day at Kormallen, and the happiest I have known, I never have felt that you got as much praise as you deserve."
"Of course not, Sam," said Frodo. "I'm a hobbit. But why grumble? You've been far more neglected yourself. There's never only one hero in any true tale, Sam, and all the good folk are in others' debt. But if one had to choose one and one only, I'd choose Samwise."
"Then you'd be wrong, Mr. Frodo," said Sam. "For without you I'm nothing. But you and me together, Mr. Frodo: well, that's more than either alone."
(EotTA 92)

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