Things of Middle-earth
Thorin's Letter to Bilbo
The missive left for Bilbo Baggins by Thorin Oakenshield and his company the morning after they arrive at Bag End:
Gandalf, handing Bilbo a note (written, of course, on his own note-paper).
This is what he read:
'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 11 a.m. sharp. Trusting that you will be punctual.
'We have the honour to remain
'Thorin & Co.'
The Hobbit, Ch 2, Roast Mutton
Elena Tiriel 7Feb13