He wants to establish the first association for dwarves
in Egypt, located in Alexandria.
can't get a job as, errr, dwarves
, then what the hell can they get a job as?
Tolkien depicts a similar situation as the dwarves
"sat glum and wet and muttering, while Oin and Gloin went on trying to light the fire" (Hobbit 42) until, like Morris and Charlie Faulkner on several occasions, they began to fight.
Man is crowding out other species such as dwarves
, elves, the hominids they call "blighters" and, of course, dragons.
Then Gandalf, the wandering wizard, embroils the unassuming hobbit in a treasure hunt by telling a group of dwarves
that Bilbo is a burglar.