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The Hobbit
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  • Their captain was Bard, grim-voiced and grim-faced, whose friends had accused him of prophesying floods and poisoned fish, though they knew his worth and courage.
  • Then Bard drew his bow-string to his ear.
  • And that was the end of Smaug and Esgaroth, but not of Bard.
  • "Bard is not lost!" he cried.
  • I am Bard, of the line of Girion; I am the slayer of the dragon!
  • "King Bard! King Bard!" they shouted; but the Master ground his chattering teeth.
  • "King Bard! King Bard!" they shouted; but the Master ground his chattering teeth.
  • Let ’King Bard’ go back to his own kingdom-Dale is now freed by his valour, and nothing binders his return.
  • "We will have King Bard!" the people near at hand shouted in reply.
  • "I am the last man to undervalue Bard the Bowman," said the Master warily (for Bard now stood close beside him).
  • "I am the last man to undervalue Bard the Bowman," said the Master warily (for Bard now stood close beside him).
  • Now everywhere Bard went he found talk running like fire among the people concerning the vast treasure that was now unguarded.
  • Bard is he, of the race of Dale, of the line of Girion; he is a grim man but true.
  • I am Bard, and by my hand was the dragon slain and your treasure delivered.
  • "A just question," replied Bard.
  • At the least he shall deliver one twelfth portion of the treasure unto Bard, as the dragon-slayer, and as the heir of Girion.
  • But Bard will remember me, and it is Bard I particularly want to see.
  • But Bard will remember me, and it is Bard I particularly want to see.
  • "Well, let him!" said Bard.
  • "My dear Bard!" squeaked Bilbo.
  • Even Bard gazed marvelling at it in silence.
  • Then Bilbo, not without a shudder, not without a glance of longing, handed the marvellous stone to Bard, and he held it in his hand, as though dazed.
  • Nothing they could say would stop him; so an escort was provided for him, and as he went both the king and Bard saluted him with honour.
  • "Hail Thorin!" said Bard.
  • "We are not thieves," Bard answered.
  • "Until then we keep the stone," cried Bard.
  • "Not so hasty!" said Bard.
  • Bard went out to meet them, and with him went Bilbo.
  • Bard, of course, refused to allow the dwarves to go straight on to the Mountain.
  • Bard then sent messengers at once to the Gate; but they found no gold or payment.
  • "To the Mountain!" called Bard.
  • But Bard and some of the nimblest of men and elves climbed to the height of the Eastern shoulder to gain a view to the North.
  • Down too came many of the Lake-men, for Bard could not restrain them; and out upon the other side came many of the spearmen of the elves.
  • They buried Thorin deep beneath the Mountain, and Bard laid the Arkenstone upon his breast.
  • From that treasure Bard sent much gold to the Master of Lake-town; and he rewarded his followers and friends freely.
  • "The Elvenking is my friend, and he has succoured the people of the Lake in their need, though they had no claim but friendship on him," answered Bard.
  • Wondering, the dwarves saw that among them were both Bard and the Elvenking, before whom an old man wrapped in cloak and hood bore a strong casket of iron-bound wood.
  • Now Bard was fighting to defend the Eastern spur, and yet giving slowly back; and the elf-lords were at bay about their king upon the southern arm, near to the watch-post on Ravenhill.
  • The knowledge that the Arkenstone was in the hands of the besiegers burned in their thoughts; also they guessed the hesitation of Bard and his friends, and resolved to strike while they debated.
  • "He may have a good head for business-especially his own business," some murmured, "but he is no good when anything serious happens!" And they praised the courage of Bard and his last mighty shot.
  • Yet a fourteenth share of all the silver and gold, wrought and unwrought, was given up to Bard; for Dain said: "We will honour the agreement of the dead, and he has now the Arkenstone in his keeping."
  • Meanwhile Bard took the lead, and ordered things as he wished, though always in the Master’s name, and he had a hard task to govern the people and direct the preparations for their protection and housing.
  • That is how it came about that some two hours after his escape from the Gate, Bilbo was sitting beside a warm fire in front of a large tent, and there sat too, gazing curiously at him, both the Elvenking and Bard.
  • This is the plan that he made in council with the Elvenking and with Bard; and with Dain, for the dwarf-lord now joined them: the Goblins were the foes of all, and at their coming all other quarrels were forgotten.
  • No one had dared to give battle to him for many an age; nor would they have dared now, if it had not been for the grim-voiced man (Bard was his name), who ran to and fro cheering on the archers and urging the Master to order them to fight to the last arrow.
  • So it was that Bard’s messengers found him now marching with many spearmen and bowmen; and crows were gathered thick, above him, for they thought that war was awakening again, such as had not been in those parts for a long age.
  • Wild and bitter words were shouted from many sides; and some of those who had before sung the old songs loudest, were now heard as loudly crying that the dwarves had stirred the dragon up against them deliberately! "Fools!" said Bard.
  • But the king, when he received the prayers of Bard, had pity, for he was the lord of a good and kindly people; so turning his march, which had at first been direct towards the Mountain, he hastened now down the river to the Long Lake.
  • From that portion Bard will himself contribute to the aid of Esgaroth; but if Thorin would have the friendship and honour of the lands about, as his sires had of old, then he will give also somewhat of his own for the comfort of the men of the Lake.
  • I would rather old Smaug had been left with all the wretched treasure, than that these vile creatures should get it, and poor old Bombur, and Balin and Fili and Kili and all the rest come to a bad end; and Bard too, and the Lake-men and the merry elves.
  • Bard had rebuilt the town in Dale and men had gathered to him from the Lake and from South and West, and all the valley had become tilled again and rich, and the desolation was now filled with birds and blossoms in spring and fruit and feasting in autumn.
  • Bard had given him much gold for the help of the Lake-people, but being of the kind that easily catches such disease he fell under the dragon-sickness, and took most of the gold and fled with it, and died of starvation in the Waste, deserted by his companions.
  • But help came swiftly; for Bard at once had speedy messengers sent up the river to the Forest to ask the aid of the King of the Elves of the Wood, and these messengers had found a host already on the move, although it was then only the third day after the fall of Smaug.
  • Bard the Dragon-shooter of the line of Girion! Alas that he is lost!" And in the very midst of their talk, a tall figure stepped from the shadows.
  • Are you betraying your friends, or are you threatening us?" asked Bard grimly.
  • "Fools!" laughed Bard, "to come thus beneath the Mountain’s arm! They do not understand war above ground, whatever they may know of battle in the mines.
  • Look for the hollow of the left breast as he flies and turns above you!" And while Bard paused in wonder it told him of tidings up in the Mountain and of all that it had heard.

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  • Yet louder, higher, stronger, bard!
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass

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