Sunday, August 2, 2020
What have I got in my pocketses?
I don't mean to alarm you, but writing a daily blog where deep down I have sworn myself to writing a post every single day without fail (over seven years now) is a great deal like playing the riddle game with Gollum in The Hobbit.
You remember the riddle game? Gollum wants to eat Bilbo. Bilbo would prefer Gollum politely show him the way out of the deep cave he has fallen into. A riddle game is proposed. The first who can't answer a riddle loses and has to comply with the other's wish.
This suggests that my blog posts are something like riddles.
I never thought of it like this before, but... they are! They are almost exactly like riddles!
And if I pose a good riddle I am shown the way out. If I am unable to solve the riddle I am eaten.
So, it's same between the literary scenario and my blog.
Under the extreme stress of the situation, after a couple of pretty nice riddles, Bilbo kind of goes blank. Oh he probably knows tons more riddles, but he simply can't think of them under all of Gollum's pressure and with the worry of being eaten. Yikes.
And so it is that sometimes, writing day after day, it is time for yet another riddle here as well, and I can't think of anything. Bilbo, in his situation, employs a blunt and desperate solution: He asks Gollum to guess what he's got in his pocket.
Me too! When I come to where I have no plan or idea and I really need a post I just go with whatever is immediately, randomly at hand.
Gollum demands three guesses, which, I guess, is fair enough.
At the time, what both Gollum and Bilbo (and, technically, the reader) don't know is that what is in Bilbo's pocket is the single most powerful magical object in the World!