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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 12 “Inside Information”

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  • 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”

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  • 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”

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  • 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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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 9 “Barrels Out Of Bond”

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  • Dwarves used the rule of majority when in doubt or situations of non-consensus.
  • Dwarven tenacity could be worn down, especially when they had been starving for a while, in which case they would apply the better part of valour.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 7 “Queer Lodgings”

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  • The Eagles were truly wonderful to have on one’s side in a pinch, and they always delivered as promised.
  • The most effective way to end Dwarven complaints was to mention deserving a cut of their treasure.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 3 “A Short Rest”

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  • The encounter with the trolls put a definite damper on the Company’s spirits. No song or tale-weaving since.

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Reader: The Hobbit. Chapter 1 “An Unexpected Party”

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  • Laid the foundations for the story – this opening chapter introduced the main protagonists.
    • Showcased race, geanealogy, home and character of key character Bilbo Baggins.
    • Defined Gandalf as he’s come to be known, grumpiness, famous for his fireworks, and flare for a ton of things.
    • Introduced the Dwarves who make up Thorin and Company. For the record, the proper introduction sequence was Dwalin, Balin, Kili and Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Thorin.

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