One of the joys of having HD Blu-ray screenshots is that you can see things that might never have been intended to be seen, such as this parchment document which old Bilbo removes from his trunk. It goes by in a flash, too fast for the eye to read, but GallickaScreens.com managed to capture it just perfectly so that the words are legible. It is part of the text from the poem “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes, and includes the following lines;
“He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,
A coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin;
They fitted with never a wrinkle: his boots were up to the thigh!
And he rode with a jewelled twinkle,
His pistol butts a-twinkle,
His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.”
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As I understand it, there is no way to reconcile the French and pistol butts with the timeline of Middle-earth. But it is one of my favorite poems, so I can forgive them.
I would be interested if readers find similar surprises when browsing through the frames of the film. Let me know in the comments below.