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Movie: The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. My Random thoughts [spoiler]

(Note: The Silmarillion chapter notes are held-over for this week while I work through my impressions and thoughts about “The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies”)

Thranduil_BotFAPlease note: Spoilers galore, for both movies and books after the cut.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 19 “The Last Stage”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • The journey home, to the Shire, saw the wizard and the hobbit reaching Rivendell on the evening of May 1st, back to the same silly singing of the Elves from the house of Elrond.
  • Gandalf regaled the denizens of the house with the quest, and his own adventure – which Bilbo had not been privy to. More tales were told, but of course despite being in a premium seat, Bilbo nodded his way through it.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 18 “The Return Journey”

The Hobbit Book CoverSummary Points

  • Bilbo awoke, by himself, still on Ravenhill.
  • He was found by a searcher, a Man, and apparently hadn’t been found earlier because he had his Ring on.
    • Gandalf certainly trusted in his ability to survive. He had been counted among the dead and the Man was on one last search for him.
    • The Man was clearly a strong healthy guy, he carried Bilbo, at speed, back down to the camp.

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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 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 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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