Ali Baba pause

Just a notice of a pause.

I’m resolved to reply to halfir’s ‘Tom Bombadil: Peeling the Onion‘ by showing the path that leads from the (original) Bilbo Baggins to Tom Bombadil by way of the (original) magic ring.

But in tracing this path I bumped against the Ali Baba story and its curious relationship to¬†The Hobbit. I do not think my posts have got to the bottom of this relationship and so, before proceeding, I wish to think harder about it…

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