Описание этого случая было опубликовано в британских газетах в 1940 году. Толкиен писал "Властелина Колец" с 1937 по 1949.
- What a pity that Bilbo did not stab that vile creature, when he had a chance!
- Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need. And he has been well rewarded, Frodo. Be sure that he took so little hurt from the evil, and escaped in the end, because he began his ownership of the Ring so. With Pity.