Arawn Fenn wrote:
Just because certain themes and elements appealed to him so much that he couldn't help but include them in an unrelated work does not mean that it was ever intended to be linked.
I don't think I'm the one being dense here. If the characters in The Hobbit
get their weapons from a treasure trove that originated in Gondolin, how is The Hobbit
an "unrelated work"?
It doesn't. Neither does it make the fact those weapons are
from Gondolin in any way shape or form relevant
to the story of the book.
Remember, the original edition had references to (iirc, among others) policemen and China. Does this mean that it was meant to be set in modern-day Earth?
Policemen and China LOL.
No, I think the most obvious clue that it was meant to be set in modern-day Earth was the use of birthday presents. And dragons.
I as usually don't get the joke. And as someone who DOES live on modern-day Earth (if not the real one) and DOES have to deal with dragons from time to time I don't find that part of your point necessarily all that convincing.