There & Back Again

The following covers chapters 16-19, and thus concludes my pithy commentary on The Hobbit. Others have done better, with much more attention to detail, but I wanted to highlight some notable aspects of the book as I went about reading it. I am sure on other readings, I will see and pick up on more…

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The Dragon Lives On

The following cover the next three chapters: The company is shut in the mountain and is forced to go down into it despite not knowing where Smaug is. He, of course has flown to Lake Town to destroy it. The company, still a bit cowardly, lets Bilbo go exploring alone, after he volunteers. He comes…

Lake Town and The Lonely Mountain

The following shall cover chapters ten and eleven. As the company hilariously exits their waterlogged barrels and are deposited at the mouth of the river, Tolkien informs us that despite their capture by the elves, it was good that the company came the way they did to the lake. The eastern road that they were…

Barrel Rider

Thorin, who had been captured earlier, is no longer alone, for the rest of the company also became captured by the wood-elves. Except Bilbo of course who slips on his ring and slips into the wood-elves' caverns undetected. Bilbo spends probably two weeks in the caverns, trying to figure out how to rescue his friends…