And where sickness thrives, bad things will follow…
Thorin’s letter to Bilbo/the contract, written in Tengwar by J.R.R. Tolkien [page 2]. Not printed in the original edition of The Hobbit because it was too diffuclt to reproduce.Thorin and Company to Burglar Bilbo greeting!For your hospitality our sincerest thanks, and for your offer of professional assistance our grateful acceptance. Terms: cash on delivery, up to and not exceeding one fourteenth of total profits (if any); all traveling expenses guaranteed in any event; funeral expenses to be defrayed by us or our representatives, if occasion arises and the matter is not otherwise arranged for. Thinking it unnecessary to disturb your esteemed repose, we have proceeded in advance to make requisite preparations, and shall await your respected person at the Green Dragon Inn, Bywater, at II a.m. sharp.
Trusting that you will be punctual.
We have the honour to remain
Thorin & Co.
"When did we let evil become stronger than us?"