If it's not already obvious, in this particular section of the story - about the first Elves - the narration (in capitals) is based on Tolkien's original text while the dialogue (in sentence case) is my own extrapolation. :)
The title is a reference to Hobbes and Rousseau, about how civil society first forms.
Part 39: The social contract
Next time: Part 40: Counting games.
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