The reason I picked Bombur for my first drawing out of a series of (I don’t know yet, maybe 5 or 10 drawings), is because he does not have a big role in the Hobbit Story, he is clumsy, likes food, cleans dishes so fast it seems like magic, can play some wicked drums and falls asleep at the most inappropriate times. He sounds like me, minus the drum playing.
Bombur is one out of 12 dwarfs that visit Bilbo at Bag Ends his cozy Hobbit home in the Shire. Bilbo had no idea a company of twelve dwarfs was going to show up at his home and Gandalf didn’t say a word about the any adventure with the Dwarfs because he knew Bilbo would show them all the door and ask politely to be left alone. Hobbits don’t go on adventures!
Bombur was supposed to be the last dwarf to arrive, as Gandalf asked the company of 12 Dwarfs to show up one at a time and be polite, do not overwhelm the Hobbit with too many demands or too much information. Each Dwarf arrived was shown in as the poor hobbit became more bewildered and confused. Gandalf was trying to tell the anxious hobbit a story to calm him down when another knock came at the door, that would be 11 knocks so far and Bilbo was losing it. He opened the door and there stood the mighty Thorin, King of the Dwarfs of Moria, so dignified in his kingly manner, so strong and proud and up behind him rushed Bombur. He was afraid he would miss out on the food having been the last one to arrive and having to wait for hours to knock on Bilbo’s door. Bombur rushed up the path so fast he tripped and bumped into Thorin from behind. With his great girth Bombur knocked Thorin to the floor and promptly fell on top of him, knocking all the air out of him.
As you might imagine any conservative Hobbit would have been alarmed. Bilbo was rightly alarmed, Dwarfs, wizards, magic, and he was running out of food and drink, plus all his dishes were dirty and he still had no clue what was going on.
If you want to find out what happened after this, you must read the Hobbit.Bombur’s story line”
The next drawing I do will be on paper made especially for pencil. The mixed media paper I used was too soft and shows too many lines from my heavy handed use of hard pencil lead.