The Hobbit What did Thorin promise Bard in exchange for the Arkenstone?  

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In Capter seventeen of the novel 'The Hobbit' by J.R. R. Tolkien, Bard is promised Bilbo's cut of treasure by Thorin in return for handing over the Arkenstone.Thorin is the leader of the dwarves and his full name is Thorin Oakenshield (notice how J.R.R. Tolkien 'antiques' his language by likening it to old tongues like 'Middle English' - he inserts 'en' into some words like Arkenstone - in English this can have the effect of turning a noun (oak) into an adjective having the qualities of the previous noun (oaken) so we get 'Oakenfield' the oaky field.) Thorin Oakenfield's grandfather was a king under the mountain but Smaug beat back the dwarves and destroyed Dale.He tries to get back the throne that was handed down by his ancestors and their rightful treasure.

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