POV – Bilbo
In which Dalin encounters a flock of little birds, all the right lies are spread, faces are matched with names, and Bilbo contemplates Sara’s fate.
Bilbo is not happy with any of his relatives.
More fun with Dalin and cross-cultural relations. Along with smaller size, hobbits and dwarves share an affinity for living underground. Dalin approves of Brandy Hall.
We also start to see the difficulty of addressing a situation of abuse in a traditional society with no concept of rights under the law. It’s not just the problem of dealing with relatives; without an independent legal system, there’s nothing to protect someone or punish a criminal except threats and actual violence. Shame, not justice, rules. This is still significantly true for women and children subjected to violation even in a society that adheres to rule of law.