Monthly Archives: July 2014

Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 16 “A Thief In The Night”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • Thorin was getting OCD with Arkenstone possession.
    • The Arkenstone was worth A LOT.
  • Bilbo was getting the quavers with his Arkenstone possession.
  • Days passed, and finally ravens brought news that Dain was two days’ march away.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 15 “The Gathering of the Clouds”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • The Company had company, in the form of birds, and especially the old thrush.
  • Ravens were different from crows. and the Dwarves were acquainted with the ones who used to live in Erebor. Ravens are long-lived and could converse in the speech of men.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 14 “Fire And Water”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • Back to the night that Smaug smashed through the Front Gate, he indeed launched an attack on Lake-town.
  • The Lake-men were still in euphoria over the Dwarves’ visit. Thank goodness for the grim-voiced fellow and his natural skepticism with regards to happenings on the Mountain.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 13 “Not At Home”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • The Company sat in darkness for days waiting for Smaug to return.
  • Again, Bilbo’s spirits were strangely more uplifted just as the Dwarves’ sank low.
  • They tried, Bilbo’s third and at his suggestion, for the treasure room where he was sure there was an exit.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 12 “Inside Information”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • Finally the Company stood within the walls of the Erebor.
  • Thorin immediately called upon Bilbo to do his burglary duties
    • Balin was the only one to volunteer to accompany Bilbo as he was fond of the Hobbit. but even for him, the line was drawn at “come inside at least
      and perhaps a bit of the way too, ready to call for help if necessary.”

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Reader: The Silmarillion. Foreword and Preface

Silmarillion Book CoverWhat’s in the Foreword? Or the Preface? Does anyone care? I do!

The read-along launched last weekend, with intros/team roster induction in order (I am sorted to Team Doriath, as desired, along with like-minded fellow frequenters of a certain Tolkien-related forum keen for a virtual adventure) and even a Council of Menegroth in session. The read-along proper starts this week, holding court for the fortnight with the Valaquenta and the Ainulindele, but I have observed the launch with my own little initiation right now. That’s right, reading the foreword and preface in my copy of the book, with a few complementary quick thoughts.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 11 “On The Doorstep”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • It took the Company 2 days by water and at least 1 more by land to get to the Desolation.
  • Thorin still remembered what the place was like, pre-Smaug. So did Balin who was with him.
  • The hidden door was on one of the western spurs of the Mountain. The Dwarves proceeded carefully here.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 10 “A Warm Welcome”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • Bilbo’s first glimpse of the Lonely Mountain, rounding a bend riding the barrels and he wasn’t feeling happy vibes. He had also caught a cold.
  • It took all day to traverse the Forest River to reach Lake-town on the Long Lake, even travelling on the water. There were “clifflike gates” where the River met the Lake. In the southern end of the Lake, the waters fell over high falls.

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