The Hobbit

by JRR Tolkien

 

FOR EVERY CHAPTER YOU MUST complete

 

  • CHAPTER Required & Personal Vocabulary Words: (1) Word & Part of Speech, (2) Forms of the Word, (3) 4 Other Sentences, (4) Personal Clues, (5) Sentence from the Text, (6) Dictionary Definition
  • Chapter Short Answer Study Guide Questions in RADE format: REWORD the question in the answer; ANSWER the question; Give DETAILS to support your answer; EXPLAIN your answer/thinking.
  • Work: SWBST Summary Chart, Plot Diagram, Full Plot Summary Paragraph
  • One Chapter Discussion Opportunity Topic.

 

 

If you are interested in EXTRA CREDIT, see me for  INDIVIDUAL or GROUP EXTENSION ACTIVITY CHOICES. There are LOTS of ways to get extra credit. YOU MUST COMPLETE REGULAR CREDIT TO DO EXTRA CREDIT.

 

BEFORE we begin reading the book, you must

PICK 1 Discussion Topic for every chapter.

 

(A) Chapter Required & Personal

VOCABULARY – (VOC)

 

You ALWAYS have to stay 2 chapters ahead on VOCABULARY. That means that RIGHT NOW (BEFORE WE BEGIN READING), you have to complete Chapters 1-3. Charts are provided throughout. You have to provide all of the following information for each and every word. Si habla poco o nada de inglés, todo en inglés también debe aparecer en español también.

 

 

  • (1) Word, Pronunciation and Part of Speech
  • Appalling (/əˈpôliNG/) adjective
  • Pésimo  (/ˈpesēˌmo/) adjetivo

 

 

 

  • (2) Forms or Signal/Key Words – Forms: Speakers of other languages – REQUIRED other language forms & english forms; Signal/Key Words: When taking notes on a topic, this column MUST show words that point toward the concept in practice.
  • Appalled, appallingly, etc.
  • ELL (Spanish) – Horrorizado; horriblemente

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ELL (Spanish) – Terrible, horrible, terrible, espantoso,

 

 

 

  • (5) SENTENCE from the TEXT – This has to be the actual sentence with the actual word in it from the actual book we are reading. NEVER make up your own sentence.
  • He can be appalling when he is angry, though he is kind enough if humoured.
  • Puede ser espantoso cuando está enojado, aunque es lo suficientemente amable si está de humor.

 

 

 

  • (6) Dictionary Definition – This MUST be the DEFINITION that matches the way the word is used, part of speech, in the SENTENCE. If you speak little to no English, this has to be in your native language as well. Si usted habla poco o nada de inglés, esto tiene que ser en su lengua materna también.
  • causing shock or dismay; very bad; awful; horrific;
  • Causando choque o consternación; muy mal; horrible; horrendo;

 

 

(B) Chapter Short Answer

STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS – (SGQ)

 

ALL Chapter Short Answer STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS must be answered in RADE format:

 

 

  • R – You must REWORD the question in your answer.
  • A – Give your ANSWER.
  • D – Provide DETAILS from the text to logically support your answer.
  • E – Explain your answer/thinking.

 

 

(C) SWBST Summary Chart, Plot Diagram

& Chapter FullSummary Paragraph

You will want to include only the essential information

in the SWBST Table.

Somebody Wanted But So Then
Bilbo, a hobbit who lives in Hobbiton to chill on his front porch Gandalf came by and tricked him into an adventure dwarves showed up and they got his Took side going, and  Bilbo ended up wanting to go he fell asleep listening to them sing.

You MUST include more detail in the PLOT DIAGRAM.

You MUST THEN combine everything from BOTH the SWBST and the PLOT DIAGRAM into one cohesive paragraph.

In Chapter 1 of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party, Bilbo, a hobbit who lives in Hobbiton, wanted to chill on his front porch, but Gandalf, a well-known wizard, came by and invited Bilbo on an adventure, and then he left. But before leaving he made a  mark on Bilbo’s door alerting travelers to stop at Bilbo’s house for a meeting. So, 13 dwarves came by whose names are Kili, Fili, Ori, Dori, Nori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Balin, Dwalin, and Thorin. Gandalf showed up to the meeting too. They made a big mess of food and drink which they helped clean up and sang songs. One of the songs was about the history of how Thorin’s grandfather lost the Kingdom under the mountain, the Lonely Mountain, to Smaug, a very ancient and greedy dragon. While listening to the song the Took side of Bilbo awakened which made him want to go on the adventure. He agreed to go, somewhat because some of the dwarves voiced that they thought he would be worthless. Then, he went to sleep late in the evening listening to the dwarves singing.

 

(D) DISCUSSION OPPORTUNITIES – (D.O.)

 

Now, I KNOW you love to share your opinion, but opinions mean nothing if they aren’t based in hard facts. When it comes to fiction, you must base your opinion around what a character wants to happen in whatever the situation for whatever reason.

 

Well, here is your opportunity.

 

You MUST complete well thought out responses to the D.O.s with support from the text. You will be asked to share your responses with the whole class, a small group or an individual.

 

READY?

Here we go!

Before you Get into the book!

PreReading Activity Choices

BEFORE you begin reading the story, complete one of the following TOPIC Activities.

PICK Topic 1, Topic 2, or Topic 3.

Create a Google Slides Presentation TO GO WITH YOUR PHYSICAL ARTIFACT.

If you are in a group, each group member must pick her/his own Topic Activity.

There will be Topic overlap in groups larger than 3, so HELP EACH OTHER!

See me to sign up.

 

TOPIC 1 Activity – The Map – Understanding Middle Earth.

YOUR GOAL: Help us understand what the map shows us, it’s meanings, etc.

 

  • ARTIFACT – Construct a chart with the Hobbit Rune characters (with the English translations) and information ON Posterboard, Etching, Painting, Colorful Drawing AS YOU RESEARCH the following:
  • Create a message to inspire others to prepare for their future success.

 

 

TOPIC 2 Activity – The Author – J.R.R. Tolkien- Who was J.R.R. Tolkien?

YOUR GOAL: Help us get to know J.R.R. Tolkien.

RESOURCE 1, Resource 2, Resource 3, Resource 4, Resource v5, etc.

 

  • ARTIFACT – Create a DETAILED timeline ON Posterboard, Etching, Painting, Colorful Drawing to show . . .:  
  • What major historical events came before Tolkien wrote The Hobbit?
  • When did he live?
  • What major historical events came after Tolkien wrote The Hobbit?
  • What other authors is he usually compared to? Tell us what those other authors wrote.
  • What is Middle Earth?
  • What is a Hobbit?
  • What other books did J.R.R. Tolkien write?

 

 

TOPIC 3 Activity – The Genre – Fantasy Fiction – What is The Hobbit?

YOUR GOAL: Help us understand what Fantasy Fiction is.

 

  • ARTIFACT – Create a DIAGRAM, Table or Chart to show the similarities and differences between these two genres of Fiction ON Posterboard, Etching, Painting, Colorful Drawing: . . . .
  • What are other examples of FANTASY Fiction?
  • What are other examples of FANTASY Fiction?
  • CONTRAST Fantasy Fiction and  Science Fiction
  • Explain why The Hobbit is Fantasy Fiction.

 

Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party

PREDICT: What could the title OF THE CHAPTER MEAN? Indicate? Suggest? Foreshadow?

Chapter 1 Vocabulary

Word

Pronunciation

Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
Chapter 1 Required Vocabulary
1 audacious (p. 16)
2 rune (p. 20)
3 abreast (p. 20)
4 legendary (p. 22)
5 obstinately (p. 22)
6 prudent (p. 22)
7 remuneration (p. 22)
8 necromancer (p. 26)
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Chapter 1 Personal Vocabulary
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Chapter 1 Guided Questions

 

  • List 10 characteristics of hobbits. ((I’ve done this one for you.))
  • Hobbits have many unique characteristics. Hobbits have many generally accepted physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental characteristics, here are a few: They have become rare and shy of the Big . . . .They are (or were) a little people, about half our height [about 3 feet tall],  and smaller than the bearded Dwarves. Hobbits have no beards . . . little or no magic about them, [they can] disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along. . .  They are inclined to be fat in the stomach; they dress in bright colours (chiefly green and yellow); wear no shoes, because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads (which is curly); have long clever brown fingers, good-natured faces, and laugh deep fruity laughs (especially after dinner, which they have twice a day when they can get it). (Tolkien, 3) Hobbits seem very human, but they only exist in Middle Earth…as far as I know.

 

 

 

  • Identify the following characters as you are introduced to them in Chapter 1. You will continue to work on this information as you proceed through the book:
  • Bilbo Baggins –
  • Belladonna Took –
  • Bullroarer –
  • Bungo Baggins –
  • Kili & Fili –
  • Gandalf –
  • Dwalin –
  • Balin –
  • Dori –
  • Nori –
  • Ori –
  • Oin –
  • Gloin –
  • Bifur –
  • Bofur –
  • Bombur –
  • Thorin –
  • What was unusual about the Tooks?
  • Why did Gandalf visit Bilbo Baggins?
  • Who was Bilbo expecting for tea?
  • What about his uninvited guests irked, bothered, Bilbo?
  • What effect did the dwarves’ singing have on Bilbo?
  • What is Gloin’s opinion of Bilbo Baggins.
  • Gandalf showed the dwarves something that belonged to Thorin’s grandfather. What was it?
  • Identify Dale.
  • Dale is . . .
  • Identify Smaug.
  • Smaug is . . .
  • What story did Thorin tell Bilbo?
  • Thorin told Bilbo the story about . . .
  • How did Gandalf get the map and key?
  • Identify Azog the Goblin.

 

SWBST Plot Chart

Chapter #

& Title

Somebody Wanted But So Then
The Hobbit: Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party Bilbo, a hobbit who lives in Hobbiton to chill on his front porch Gandalf came by and tricked him into an adventure dwarves showed up and they got his Took side going, and  Bilbo ended up wanting to go he fell asleep listening to them sing

PLOT Diagram

Discussion Opportunities – Pick ONE of these.

 

  • What does the word hobbit make you think of? Consider this: Look at these words – rabbit, hobby, Babbit, habit, and hob. The word is probably best seen as a blend of rabbit and hob, an obsolete British word meaning “a rustic, peasant” or “sprite, elf.” Write your thoughts down to answer this question with details from the text to support your opinion. How does Bilbo resemble a rabbit in this chapter? REVISIT this topic when you finish the book. Does Bilbo still remind you of one.
  • What is an adventure? Is it something that happens, or is it the way we react to what happens? Can we live without adventures? What is “magic”? Is there any “magic” in this book? (Return to these questions as the book progresses.)
  • Explain all the meanings of good morning (pp. 4–5).
  • What about adventures awakens Bilbo’s Tookish side? What causes his Baggins side to reemerge. Explain the difference between Bilbo’s Tookish side and his Baggins side. Can you relate to Bilbo’s feelings of ambivalence? Do you think everyone has similar “Tookish” and “Baggins” sides to their personalities?
  • Even this early in the book, we can see some of the characteristics of dwarves, wizards, and dragons. Begin generating a list of the characteristics––both physical and character traits––of each of the magical creatures in The Hobbit. After you finish the book, you’ll have an opportunity to compare Tolkien’s descriptions with similar magical beings in other works of literature.

 

Chapter 2: Roast Mutton

What could the title mean? Indicate? Suggest? Foreshadow? Enter your answer below.

Chapter 2  Vocabulary

Word

Pronunciation

Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
Chapter 2 Required Vocabulary
1 esteemed (p. 29)
2 paraphernalia (p. 30)
3 applicable (p. 37)
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Chapter 2 Personal Vocabulary
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Suggested Vocabulary: Chapter 2 Guided Questions

 

  • Why did Bilbo leave his Hill in such a hurry to go to the Green Dragon Inn?
  • What had Bilbo forgotten to bring with him, and how was it remedied?
  • When did Bilbo first wish that he were back home?
  • Identify William, Bert, and Tom.
  • What did William catch Bilbo doing?
  • Who saved Bilbo, Thorin, and company from the trolls? How?
  • What did Gandalf, Thorin, and Bilbo take from the trolls’ cave?

 

SWBST Plot Chart

Chapter #

& Title

Somebody Wanted But So Then

PLOT Diagram

Discussion Topics – PICK ONE OF THESE

 

  • Begin paying close attention to the way that Tolkien uses the presence and absence of the character of Gandalf to develop both the plot and the character of Bilbo Baggins. Why is it important that Gandalf is not present when the expedition meets the trolls?
  • Myths, legends, and folktales often reflect the values of a given culture. At this point in the story, what can you infer about the character traits that Tolkien considers positive?
  • What character traits are viewed in a negative light? What is more important at this point: intelligence or physical strength?

 

Chapter 3: A Short Rest

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Chapter 3 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
Chapter 3 Required  Vocabulary
1 drear (p. 45)  
2 glade (p. 48) )
3 faggot (p. 48)
4 bannock (p. 48)
5 palpitating (p. 51)
6 cleave (p. 52)
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Chapter 3 Personal Vocabulary
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Chapter 3 Guided Questions

 

  • What kind of creatures inhabited the valley of Rivendell and helped the travelers find the Last Homely Home? What did Bilbo and the dwarves think of them?
  • Not that they would care they would only laugh all the more if you told them so. They were elves of course. Soon Bilbo caught glimpses of them as the darkness deepened. He loved elves, though he seldom met them; but he was a little frightened of them too. Dwarves don’t get on well with them. Even decent enough dwarves like Thorin and his friends think them foolish (which is a very foolish thing to think), or get annoyed with them. For some elves tease them and laugh at them, and most of all at their beards.
  • Identify Elrond.
  • What important information did Elrond give the travelers?
  • What was Durin’s Day?

 

SWBST Plot Chart

Chapter #

& Title

Somebody Wanted But So Then

PLOT Diagram

Discussion Topics – PICK ONE OF THESE

 

 

  • Begin paying close attention to the way that Tolkien uses the presence and absence of the character of Gandalf to develop both the plot and the character of Bilbo Baggins. Why is it important that Gandalf is not present when the expedition meets the trolls?
  • Myths, legends, and folktales often reflect the values of a given culture. At this point in the story, what can you infer about the character traits that Tolkien considers positive? What character traits are viewed in a negative light? What is more important at this point: intelligence or physical strength?

 

Chapter 4: Over Hill And Under Hill

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Chapter 4 Vocabulary

Word

Pronunciation

Part of Speech

Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
Chapter 4 Required Vocabulary
1 deception (p. 55)
2 shirk (p. 61)
3 quaff (p. 61)
4 ingenious (p. 62)
5 inconveniencing (p. 63)
6 gnash (p. 63)
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Chapter 4 Personal Vocabulary
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Chapter 4 Guided Questions

 

  • Why did the travelers go into the cave?
  • What did Bilbo dream in the cave?
  • Bilbo and Thorin & Co. had a nasty surprise in the cave. What was it?
  • Did the goblins get Gandalf?
  • List several characteristics of goblins.
  • What caused the Great Goblin to become enraged?
  • How did the travelers escape from the Goblins’ cavern?
  • What were Biter and Beater?
  • Goblins run faster than dwarves. How did the travelers escape the pursuit of the goblins?
  • What happened to Dori and Bilbo?

 

SWBST Plot Chart

Chapter #

& Title

Somebody Wanted But So Then

PLOT Diagram

Discussion Topics – PICK ONE OF THESE

 

 

  • What does Tolkien tell us about goblins? Why do you think he does not give specific details about their appearance? Discuss what you think goblins look like, and explain which details in the book give you that idea.
  • Discuss the role that music plays in the development of the different magical beings. Compare the songs sung by the dwarves (pp. 14–15), the elves (pp. 48–49), and the goblins (pp. 60–61). How do the songs differ in tone, content, and structure? What do the tone, content, and structure of their songs reveal about the creatures that sing them?
  • Consider the following quote: “It is not unlikely that they [goblins] invented some of the machines that have since troubled the world, especially the ingenious devices for killing large numbers of people at once” (p. 62). Can you take this statement seriously? What is Tolkien suggesting by linking his fantasy world to the reader’s modern world? What commentary is he making about the use of military technology?

 

Chapter 5: Riddles in the Dark

What could the title mean? Indicate? Suggest? Foreshadow? Enter your answer below.

Chapter 5 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
Chapter 5 Required Vocabulary
1 subterranean (p. 70)
2 unbeknown (p. 71)
3 flummoxed (p. 72)
4 chestnut (p. 74)
5 antiquity (p. 80)
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Chapter 5 Personal Vocabulary
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Chapter 5 Guided Questions

 

  • 1. When Bilbo awoke after falling off of Dori’s shoulders when the goblins grabbed Dori, what was strange about his surroundings?
  • 2. While groping around on the floor, what did Bilbo find and put in his pocket?
  • 3. How did Bilbo know his knife was an elvish blade, too?
  • 4. Identify Gollum.
  • 5. Gollum and Bilbo made a deal. What was it?
  • 6. How did Bilbo win the riddle game with Gollum?
  • 7. Where was Gollum’s lost birthday present?
  • 8. How did Bilbo discover the power of the ring?
  • 9. How did Bilbo find the way out of Gollum’s land?
  • 10. Why didn’t Bilbo kill Gollum?
  • 11. What gave Bilbo away to the goblins as he tried to escape out the door?
  • 12. Why did the goblins give up looking for Bilbo?

 

SWBST Plot Chart

Chapter #

& Title

Somebody Wanted But So Then

PLOT Diagram

Discussion Topics – PICK ONE OF THESE

 

 

  • How are Bilbo and Gollum alike? Can you call Gollum evil? Discuss the concept that Gollum is the negative side of Bilbo, with which Bilbo must come to terms before he can achieve his identity. (Suggestion: To bring home the concept of the negative side, compare this chapter and Luke Skywalker’s descent into the cave during his training by Yoda, in The Empire Strikes Back.)
  • What effect did the ring seem to have on Gollum? How did the loss of the ring affect him? (Note: Because of the enormous popularity of Peter Jackson’s films, students may be familiar with the role of the ring in The Lord of the Rings. If so, you may choose to discuss how the events of this chapter foreshadow the role the ring eventually plays.)
  • What skills does Bilbo show in dealing with Gollum? “No great leap for a man, but a leap in the dark” (p. 39). Is “a leap in the dark” actually a “great leap”? Explain your answer. Discuss this quotation with respect to Bilbo’s decision not to kill Gollum, and his newfound courage.
  • Should Gollum be considered a sympathetic character? Defend your answer.

 

Chapter 6: Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire

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Chapter 6 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
sorrel (p. 97))
marjoram (p. 97)
bracken (p. 98)
larch (p. 100
proverb (p. 99)

Chapter 6 Guided Questions

 

  • 1. Why did the dwarves have a better opinion of Bilbo Baggins when he rejoined them after his adventures with Gollum and the goblins?
  • 2. What detail about his adventures with Gollum did Bilbo leave out when he told the dwarves the story?
  • 3. Where were the travelers after the goblin adventures?
  • 4. Why did the travelers climb up into the trees?
  • 5. Who saved Bilbo from the wolves?
  • 6. Identify wargs.
  • 7. Why were the wargs at the clearing?
  • 8. How did Gandalf try to get rid of the wargs and goblins?
  • 9. Who or what saved the travelers from the wargs, goblins, and fire?
  • 10. Describe the Eagles. Add specific details for the Lord of the Eagles.

 

SWBST Plot Chart

Chapter #

& Title

Somebody Wanted But So Then

PLOT Diagram

Discussion Topics – PICK ONE OF THESE

 

  • Do you think Bilbo would try to rescue the dwarves if they were still inside the mountains? Explain what might motivate his actions. Would they try to rescue him? What does this suggest about the character traits of dwarves?
  • Why doesn’t Bilbo tell the dwarves about his ring? Do you consider this lying? What would you have done in the same situation? What do you think might have happened if he had told them about the ring?
  • At this point in the story, how much of an asset does Gandalf seem to be? Do his actions seem consistent with the way you think wizards operate? Why doesn’t Gandalf do more to “save the day”? Are his powers limited, or is he intentionally refraining from using them? Defend your answer.

 

Chapter 7: Queer Lodgings

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Chapter 7 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
1 carrock (p. 115)    
2 appalling (p. 115)
3 tippet (p. 116)
4 dale (p. 117)
5 trestle (p. 125)
6 mead (p. 126)
7 withered (p. 126)
8 stark (p. 127)
9 hart (p. 135)
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Chapter 7 Guided Questions

 

  • 1. Identify Beorn.
  • 2. Why did Gandalf introduce the dwarves a few at a time to Beorn?
  • 3. What news did Gandalf bring the dwarves about Beorn’s whereabouts?
  • 4. Beorn warned them about some things in Mirkwood. What?
  • 5. How do we know Beorn liked the travelers?
  • 6. Why did Gandalf leave Thorin & Co.?
  • 7. What were Gandalf’s parting words to the travelers as he left them at Mirkwood?

 

SWBST Plot Chart

Chapter #

& Title

Somebody Wanted But So Then

PLOT Diagram

Discussion Topics – PICK ONE OF THESE

 

  • Compare the expedition’s arrival at Beorn’s house with the Unexpected Party of the first chapter. Note that now Bilbo is in on Gandalf’s plot. While both hosts have to be cajoled into accepting the arrival of the travelling party, it is for very different reasons. What are they?
  • Discuss Beorn’s character. What are his virtues? Why is he suspicious of strangers? What about him seems vicious? In what ways is he gentle? How does Bilbo come to understand him?
  • Compare the descriptions of Beorn and his house with various classic versions of the story of Beauty and the Beast. How is Beorn similar to this archetype? How is he different?
  • Why is it necessary to the story that Gandalf leave the expedition?

 

Chapter 8: Flies and Spiders

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Chapter 8 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
inquisitive (p. 140)
hind (p. 146)
vexed (p. 146)
accursed (p. 148)
disquieting (p. 147)
commons (p. 150)
sawn (p. 152)
loathsome (p. 157)
warrant (p. 157)
quoits (p. 158)
gloaming (p. 168)
thongs (p. 169)

Chapter 8 Guided Questions -RADE

 

  • 1. Describe Mirkwood.
  • 2. How did the travelers cross the black water?
  • 3. What happened to Bombur at the black river crossing?
  • 4. What did Bilbo see from the top of the oak tree in Mirkwood?
  • 5. Why did the travelers leave the path?
  • 6. What happened when they entered the ring of light to beg for food?
  • 7. How did Bilbo get separated from the others in Mirkwood?
  • 8. What made Bilbo feel fierce and bold?
  • 9. Identify Sting.
  • 10. How did Bilbo rescue the dwarves from the spiders?
  • 11. Who was missing after the travelers were rescued from the spiders?
  • 12. How did Thorin get separated from the others?
  • Thorin was missing after the travelers were rescued from the spiders. He got separated from the others when elves took him. As it states in the story. Thorin had been caught much faster than they had. You remember Bilbo falling like a log into sleep, as he stepped into a circle of light? The next time it had been Thorin who stepped forward, and as the lights went out he fell like a stone enchanted. All the noise of the dwarves lost in the night, their cries as the spiders caught them and bound them, and all the sounds of the battle next day, had passed over him unheard. Then the Wood-elves had come to him, and bound him, and carried him away (120).

 

SWBST Plot Chart

Chapter #

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Somebody Wanted But So Then

PLOT Diagram

Chapter 8 Discussion Topics – Pick one of these.

 

  • What are the unattractive features of Mirkwood? Do you think the forest is evil? Explain your answer.
  • Discuss the enchanted stream. Does it remind you of objects in other myths, legends, or folktales? Why are they to be avoided? Why do characters tend to fall victim to the objects in spite of being warned against them? What symbolic purpose do you think these sorts of enchanted objects might serve?
  • After Gandalf leaves, who becomes the leader of the expedition? Who do you think should have become the leader? Defend your answer.
  • What makes the expedition lose hope? Why is their despair unjustified?
  • What heroic acts does Bilbo perform?
  • Why does Bilbo tell the dwarves about his magic ring? What does his reluctance to do so tell us?
  • Discuss the ancient feud between dwarves and elves. Whose fault is it? If neither side is in the right, how can you tell the difference between good and evil? Why do you think Tolkien creates this sort of ambiguity? What does it reveal about the author’s purpose?

 

 

Chapter 9:Barrels Out of Bond

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Chapter 9 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
1 portcullis (p. 171) There the rocky roof came down close to the surface of the stream, and from it a portcullis  could be dropped right to the bed of the river to prevent anyone coming in or out that way. But the portcullis was often open, for a good deal of traffic went out and in by the water-gate. (especially in medieval castles) a strong grating,as of iron, made to slide along vertical grooves at the sides of a gateway of a fortified place and letdown to prevent passage.
Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
2 flagon (p. 173) He followed the two elves, until they entered a small cellar and sat down at a table on which two large flagons were set. large container for a drink
3 potent (p. 173) (adj) strong Luck of an unusual kind was with Bilbo then. It must be potent wine to make a wood-elf drowsy; but this wine, it would seem, was the heady vintage of the great gardens of Dorwinion, not meant for his soldiers or his servants, but for the king’s feasts only, and for smaller bowls, not for the butler’s great flagons. producing powerful physical or chemical effects:
4 vintage (p. 173) It must be potent wine to make a wood-elf drowsy; but this wine, it would seem, was the heady vintage of the great gardens of Dorwinion, not meant for his soldiers or his servants, but for the king’s feasts only, and for smaller bowls, not for the butler’s great flagons. an exceptionally fine wine from the crop of a goodyear.
Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
5 toss-pot (p. 177)

alcoholic

a drunk

“Get on with the work!” growled the butler. “There is nothing in the feeling of weight in an idle toss-pot‘s arms. These are the ones to go and no others. Do as I say!” A habitual drinker.
6 kine (p. 178) ‘Verily,’ said Denethor. ‘And in my turn I bore it, and so did each eldest son of our house, far back into the vanished years before the failing of the kings, since Vorondil father of Mardil hunted the wild kine of Araw in the far fields of Rhyn.

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Chapter 9 Guided Questions

 

  • Why were the travelers actually glad to be captured by the wood elves?
  • How did Bilbo keep from getting captured by the wood elves?
  • How did Bilbo rescue Thorin & Co. from the Elven king?

 

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  • Why does the Elvenking imprison the dwarves? Why won’t Thorin tell the Elvenking what his mission is? What characteristics does his refusal reveal about him? Do you think these characteristics are true for all dwarves, or are they just true for Thorin?
  • Is Bilbo a burglar now? Throughout the book, does he have any ethical dilemmas about stealing? How is the connotation or the word burglar different from the connotation of thief? Is Bilbo’s type of burglary different from stealing? Explain your answer.
  • The escape plan is completely Bilbo’s. How good is it? Can you think of an alternate plan? How much does it depend on luck? Does he deserve this luck?
  • At this point in the book do you think the dwarves have treated Bilbo fairly? Why do you think Bilbo is loyal to them? What does his loyalty reveal about his character?

 

Chapter 10: A Warm Welcome

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Chapter 10-11 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
1 ominous (p. 190) threatening, menacing,

Great floods and rains had swollen the waters that

flowed east; and there had been an earthquake or two (which some were inclined

to attribute to the dragon-alluding to him chiefly with a curse and an ominous nod

in the direction of the Mountain).

giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening; inauspicious.
2 promontory (p. 191) headland, point

It was not built on the shore, though there were

a few huts and buildings there, but right out on the surface of the lake, protected

from the swirl of the entering river by a promontory of rock which formed a calm bay.

a point of high land that juts out into a large body of water; a headland.
3 gammer (p. 194)    Big country an old countrywoman.
4 vagabond (p. 196)
5 enmity (p. 197)
6 disembarked (p. 202)
7 waning (p. 203)
8 lintel (p. 206)
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Chapter 10 Guided Questions

 

  • 1. What sight did Bilbo see as he floated along on the barrel-raft?
  • 1. As he floated along on the barrel-raft, Bilbo saw . . . I know this because “ . . .”
  • 2. How had Bilbo and the traveler’s been lucky?
  • 2. Bilbo and the travelers were lucky when . . . I know this because “ . . .”
  • 3. What songs did men near Long Lake still sing?
  • 3. Songs still sung by men near Long Lake were . . . I know this because “ . . .”
  • 4. Why did Thorin demand to be taken to the Master of the Men of the Lake?
  • 4. Thorin demanded to be taken to the Master of the Men of the Lake because . . .  I know this because“ . . .”
  • 5. Why did the Master treat the travelers well, and send them to the mountain with provisions?
  • 5. The Master of the Men of the Lake treated the travelers well, and sent them to the mountain with provisions because . . . I know this because “ . . .”

 

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Chapter 10 Discussion Topics – Pick one of these.

 

  • “Some sang too that Thrór and Thráin would come back one day and gold would flow in rivers through mountain gates, and all that land would be filled with new song and new laughter. But this pleasant legend did not much affect their daily business” (p. 192). Discuss the history of Lake-town and the beliefs of its inhabitants. What does it mean that they do not take their legends seriously?
  • Compare the attitudes of the men of Lake-town, the Master, and the Elvenking to Thorin’s mission. Who is reasonable? Who is silly? Then consider Bilbo’s attitude. Keeping in mind that elves are renowned for wisdom, how wise is Bilbo?
  • Does Thorin seem to be changing as he gets closer and closer to the mountain? How?

 

 

Chapters 11: On The Doorstep

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Chapter 11 Guided Questions

 

  • Why did the men of the town leave the travelers at the end of the third day?
  • The men of the town leave the travelers at the end of the third day because . . . I know this because “. . . “
  • Identify Ravenhill.
  • Ravenhill is . . . As it states in the text “. . .”
  • What did the scouting party see at the front gate?
  • At the front gate (the front gate of what?), the scouting party saw . . . As it states in the text “. . .”
  • What were the dwarves looking for on the western side of the mountain?
  • On the western side of the mountain, the dwarves were looking for . . . I know this because . . . (((direct quotation proof)))
  • 5. How did the dwarves get the secret door open?
  • The dwarves got the secret door open . . . I know this because of what it states in the text “. . .”

 

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Discussion Topics – Pick one.

 

  • Create a detailed map (or model) of the Lonely Mountain. Mark the appearance, vegetation, etc., of each area and the events that occur there.
  • In what way does Bilbo show that he has more spirit left than the dwarves?

 

 

Chapter 12 – Inside Information

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Chapters 12 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
1 smouldering (p. 220) v
2 grievous (p. 224) adj
3 cartage (p. 225) n
4 impenetrable (p. 226) adj
5 waistcoat (p. 226) n
6 foreboding (p. 229) ) n
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  • 1. What did Bilbo see at the end of the tunnel?
  • At the end of the tunnel, Bilbo saw . . . I know this because . . . .
  • Why did Smaug go into a rage upon awakening?
  • Smaug went into a rage upon awakening because . . .  I know this is the reason because the text indicates . . .
  • Why did Bilbo go back down the tunnel a second time?
  • Bilbo went back down the tunnel a second time because . . . I know this because . . . .
  • How did Bilbo answer when the dragon asked who he was?
  • When the dragon asked who who Bilbo was  (explain what Bilbo did or said). . . I know this because . . .
  • Which of Smaug’s senses was very keen?
  • Smaug’s sense of ________ ____ was very keen.  This is shown in the story when the dragon (a) is described as behaving (___a certain way__) (b)(narrated-behavior?, narrated or spoken by within quotation marks-thoughts or speech
  • What was Smaug’s weakness that Bilbo discovered?
  • Bilbo discovered that Smaug had a weakness which was  . . . I know this because of what Bilbo ((did, said??) “ . . . “
  • Why did Thorin tell Bilbo to leave the thrush alone?
  • Thorin told Bilbo to leave the thrush alone because . . . I know this because “. . . “
  • Why did the dwarves move their camp to within the tunnel?
  • The dwarves move their camp into the tunnel because . . . I know this because the text indicates “. . . “
  • What did Thorin say was the greatest treasure of the Mountain?
  • Thorin said the greatest treasure of the Mountain was . . . As he states, “. . . .”

 

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Chapter 12 Discussion Topics – Pick one of these.

 

  • “Some [dwarves] are decent enough people like Thorin and Company, if you don’t expect too much” (p. 213). What can Bilbo expect from the dwarves? What shouldn’t he expect?
  • “Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did . . . he fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait” (p. 215). According to this passage, what is true courage? What abilities and character traits has Bilbo demonstrated so far? How do his earlier adventures prepare him for his confrontation with Smaug? Can you relate this quote to your own life?
  • Is it wise to steal the cup? Why does Bilbo do it?
  • Describe the characteristics of dragons. (Note: Begin with terms such as greedy, wily, hostile, and riddle-loving, and  build to more severe terms such as vengeful, treacherous, fond of flattery, and breeders of distrust and dissension.) What is the dragon-spell? Why are dwarves so susceptible to it? (Note: In The Hobbit the traditional motif of the cursed  dragon-hoard is reimagined as the idea that the curse is not so much inherent to the objects, but rather treasure brings out the evil and foolish side of dwarves, elves, and men.) In this and the following chapters, trace the changing effects of the treasure on the dwarves and on Bilbo.
  • Explain the names that Bilbo gives himself when speaking with Smaug: “I come from under the hill . . .  am the clue finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number,” etc. (p. 223). How does each name relate to the story of his adventure?
  • The use of epithets is a characteristic of epic poetry. Explain what Tolkien may be trying to convey by Bilbo’s use of epithets to “name” himself. In what other ways does Bilbo remind you of Odysseus in Homer’s The Odyssey?
  • Examine the possible etymology of the name “Arkenstone.” What associations and connotations do you think Tolkien intended when he named the stone?

 

 

Chapter 13 – Not At Home

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Chapters 13 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
1 pallid (p. 237)
2 figured (p. 240)
3 dominion (p. 245)
4 perpetually (p. 245)
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Chapter 13 Guided Questions

 

  • Why did Thorin & Co. go down the tunnel?
  • Thorin & Co. go down the tunnel because (((explain the situation and how the questers were feeling about it))) I know this because “. . . “choked and dazed for want of air, they could bear it no longer . . . the tunnel had been shattered and blocked with broken rock . . . We are trapped…This is the end. We shall die here. . . Anyway the only way out is down.”
  • What did Bilbo put in his deepest pocket?
  • Bilbo put  . . . in his deepest pocket, as it states in the text “. . . “
  • How did Thorin & Co. get out of the Mountain?
  • In order to get out of the mountain, Thorin & Co. . . . . Here is how they did it  “ . . .”
  • Where did the travelers go after they got out of the Mountain?
  • After they got out of the Mountain, they (((where did they go???))). I know this because “. . . “
  • Identify “cram.”
  • Cram is ______________________.I know this because “. . . “

 

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  • “Anyway the only way out is down” (p. 235). What earlier statement by Bilbo does this echo? When does Bilbo’s courage assert itself most?
  • Why does Bilbo keep the Arkenstone? How does he justify his decision to withhold its discovery from Thorin? Do you agree that Bilbo has a right to the stone? What does the fact that Bilbo is willing to give up gold and jewels to have it suggest about the worth of the Arkenstone? Can you think of any traditional myths or parables about similar objects that Tolkien may be alluding to? What might be the symbolic importance of the stone?

 

 

Chapter 14 – Fire and Water

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Chapter 14 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
1 drear (p. 247)
2 foiled (p. 248)
3 quench (p. 249)
4 laden (p. 249)
5 prophesying (p. 250)
6 gledes (p. 251)
7 eminent (p. 253)
8 benefactor (p. 253)
9 recompense (pp. 253–54)
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  • 1. Identify Esgaroth.
  • 1. Esgaroth is . . .  As it says in the text . . .
  • 2. Identify Bard.
  • 2. Bard is . . . As it says in the text . . .
  • 3. How did Bard know where to aim when he shot Smaug?
  • 3. Bard knew where to aim when he shot Smaug because . . . As it says in the text . .
  • 4. What was Bard’s reward for killing the dragon?
  • 4. Bard’s reward for killing the dragon was . . . As it says in the text . . .
  • 5. What was Bard’s response to the Master’s offer?
  • 5. Bard’s response to the Master’s offer was . . . As it says in the text . . .
  • 6. Who came to help the Lake people, at Bard’s request?
  • 6. At Bard’s request __________ came to help the Lake people as it says in the text . . .
  • 7. Why did all the men of arms go to the Mountain?
  • 7. All the men of arms went to the Mountain because . . . As it says in the text . . .

 

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Chapter 14 Discussion Topics – Pick one of these

 

  • Characterize Bard and the Master. Who speaks more convincingly? What does their appearance suggest about them? Explain the reason for Bard’s pessimism. Who has more courage? Who displays more leadership? Do you believe that some people are natural leaders? Can this ability be inherited?
  • Explain the significance of Bard’s name. What could Tolkien be alluding to? What is Tolkien showing he values by naming such a noble and heroic character “Bard”?
  • Why does the Elvenking set out from his halls? Why does he go to Esgaroth? What does this tell you about the value he places on treasure?

 

 

Chapter 15 – The Gathering of the Clouds

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Chapters 15 & 16 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
1 carrion (p. 257)
2 coveted (p. 258)
3 decrepit (p. 258)
4 amends (p. 259)
5 fells (p. 263)  
6 bade (p. 268)
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Chapter 15 Guided Questions

 

  • Identify Roäc
  • Roäc is . . . as it says in the text “. . .”
  • What did Thorin ask Roäc to do?
  • Thorin  asked Roäc to . . . I know this because “. . .”
  • What did Bard ask of Thorin?
  • Bard ask of Thorin to do . . . I know this because of what it says in the text “. .
  • What was Thorin’s response
  • Thorin’s response to Bard was . . . I know this because he said/did/thought “. . .”
  • What did the messenger from Esgaroth declare?
  • The messenger from Esgaroth declared that . . . as it states in the book “. . .”

 

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Chapter 15 Discussion Topics – Pick one of these.

 

  • From the very beginning, Bilbo has assumed that the climax of the adventure would be the recovery of the treasure. Then he realizes that Smaug must also be dealt with. Now he finds that even Smaug’s death does not end the adventure. If Bilbo had known from the beginning what would happen, do you think he would have still agreed to the adventure? Have the complications made him more or less enthusiastic and confident? What do you think Tolkien is trying to say about the purpose of trials and tribulations in a person’s life?
  • Why won’t Thorin deal with Bard and the Elvenking? Evaluate Bard’s three topics for discussion (p. 265) and Thorin’s answer. Do you think Bard’s requests are fair and just? Is Thorin’s answer fair and just?
  • How has the treasure changed Thorin?

 

 

Chapter 16 – A Thief in the Night

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Chapter 16 Guided Questions

 

  • 1. What news did Roäc bring the besieged dwarves?
  • The news that Roäc brought to the besieged dwarves was . . . . ?
  • 2. Why did Bilbo offer to take Bombur’s watch?
  • Bilbo offered to take Bombur’s watch because . . . .
  • 3. What did Bilbo give Bard? Why?
  • Bilbo gave Bard . . . . because . . . .
  • 4. Who praised Bilbo for his meeting with Bard?
  • ___________ praised Bilbo for his meeting with Bard because . . . . As it says in the text ?

 

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Chapter 16 Discussion Topics – Pick one of these.

 

  • Why does Thorin reject Roac’s advice?
  • Just as the moment in the tunnel (p. 215) is Bilbo’s bravest, giving up the Arkenstone is his noblest. Why does he do it? Would any other character in the story be capable of this? What does it say about Bilbo’s values and ethics? Why does he return to the Mountain? Would you have returned to the dwarves or stayed with Bard and the elves?

 

Chapter 17 – The Clouds Burst

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Chapter 17 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
1 hauberk (p. 278)
2 mattocks (p. 279)
3 reconciliation (p. 280)
4 precipice (p. 284)
5 scimitar (p. 284)
6 eyries (p. 287)
7 smote (p. 287)
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Chapter 17 Guided Questions

 

  • Why did Thorin throw Bilbo out of his camp?
  • Thorin threw Bilbo out of his camp because of  betrayal, as it states in the text, “He turned and spoke over the wall, “I am betrayed,” he said”
  • Why wouldn’t Bard let Dain and the dwarves pass?
  • Bard wouldn’t let Dain and the dwarves pass because _________________, as it states in the text, “_____________________________________________ _____________________________________.”
  • What announcement did Gandalf make?
  • The announcement that Gandalf made was  ____________, as it states in the text, “_____________________________________________ _____________________________________.”
  • What were the armies in The Battle of Five Armies?
  • The armies in The Battle of Five Armies include ____________,____________, ____________, ____________, ____________,  as it states in the text, “_____________________________________________ _____________________________________.”
  • What plan did Gandalf propose?
  • Gandalf’s plan was ____________,  as it states in the text, “_____________________________________________ _____________________________________.”
  • Why did the dwarves agree to fight with the men and elves against the goblins and wargs?
  • The dwarves agree to fight with the men and elves against the goblins and wargs because ____________,  as it states in the text, “_____________________________________________ _____________________________________.”
  • Who were the first to charge against the goblins?
  • ____________ were the first to charge against the goblins, as it states in the text, “_____________________________________________ _____________________________________.”
  • When all seemed lost against the goblins, what appeared on the scene?
  • When all seemed lost against the goblins, ____________ appeared on the scene,  as it states in the text, “_____________________________________________ _____________________________________.”
  • What happened to Bilbo during the battle?
  • During the battle  ____________ bilbo ____________ as it states in the text, “_____________________________________________ _____________________________________.”

 

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Chapter 17 Discussion Topics – Pick one of these

  1. Consider the Elvenking’s statement: “Long will I tarry, ere I begin this war for gold.” Do you think these are wise words? Is gold worth fighting over? Defend your answer.
  2. Trace Thorin’s moral degeneration. What causes him to change? In what ways does he end up being similar to Smaug? Why do you think he is so easily corrupted?
  3. Before the arrival of the goblins and wargs, who are the “good guys” and who are the “bad guys” in the standoff around the mountain? How does your opinion change when the goblins arrive?
  4. Which would be a greater tragedy: the killing of the armies of men, elves, and dwarves by the goblins, or a war between men, elves, and dwarves? Explain your answer.

 

Chapter 18 – The Return Journey

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Chapters 18 & 19 Vocabulary

Word & Pronunciation Personal Clue Sentence from the text Dictionary Definition & Part of Speech
1 literally (p. 288)
2 amend (p. 290)
3 mustering (p. 291)
4 trackless (p. 292)
5 lore (p. 299)
6 effects (p. 303)
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  • 1. When Bilbo awoke after being knocked out by the stone, what did he see?
  • 1. Bilbo awoke after being knocked out by the stone, he saw __________________. The book tells me, “_______________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________”
  • Why did Thorin call for Bilbo?
  • 2. Thorin calls for Bilbo because __________________. I know this is the reason he called for Bilbo, because the book tells me, “_____________________ _____ __________________________ _________________________ ______ ___________ ____________”
  • What did Bilbo miss at the end of the battle while he was knocked out?
  • 3. At the end of the battle while he was knocked out, Bilbo missed (1) the eagles joining the battle, as it states, “They it was who dislodged the goblins from the mountain slopes casting them over the precipice or driving them down shrieking”, (2) Beorn joining the battle, as it states, “Beorn he tossed the wolves and goblins from his path like straws and feathers,” (3) Thorin getting saved by Beorn, “stooped and lifted Thorin, who had been pierced with spears, and bore him out of the fray,”  (4) the goblin leader Bolg  killed as Beorn “scattered the bodyguard, pulled down Bolg himself and crushed him,” (5) the goblins tried to escape “in all directions,”(6) when the good guys, “pursued them closely and prevented most of them from escaping where they could”, and the battle won.
  • What parting gift did Bard bestow upon Thorin?
  • When Thorin and Bard were parting, Bard gave Thorin …“_________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________”
  • What parting gift did the Elvenking give Thorin?
  • The parting gift Bard bestowed upon Thorin was… I know this because the book shows me “…”
  • Who led the dwarves after Thorin’s death?
  • _________ led the dwarves after  Thorin’s death, proof… “_________________________________________________________________________________________________________”
  • What did Dain give Bard? Why?
  • Dain gave Bard……“_______________,”  because…… “_______________.”
  • What did Bard do with his riches?
  • Bard gave his riches to…… “_______________________________.”
  • What did Bilbo give the Elvenking? Why?
  • Bilbo gave the Elvinking_______________,  because ,_______________.
  • Who became a great chief, ruling lands between the mountains and the wood?
  • _________________  became a great chief, ruling lands between the mountains and the wood, as i found out on page ###, “_____________________________________________”

 

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Chapter 18 Discussion Topics – Pick one of these.

 

  • “There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage . . . and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world” (p. 290). Discuss Bilbo’s character now that his adventure is completed. Why does he refuse the treasure? Why is he weary of his adventure? How has he proven himself to be a hero in spite of his lack of traditionally “heroic” attributes like strength and assertiveness?
  • Examine the final views we get of Thorin on his deathbed and in his tomb. Is his quest fulfilled? Why is his death necessary? What lesson does he learn? Does he deserve our respect or admiration? Is it right to bury him with the Arkenstone?
  • Examine in detail the various demands and offers made by Bard and the dwarves (and the elves). How does the final solution match what each party wants and deserves? What is the difference between Dain’s gift and Thorin’s promises?

 

Chapter 19 – The Last Stage

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Chapter 19 Guided Questions

 

  • 1. Where had Gandalf been while he was away from Thorin and Co.?
  • 1. While he was away from Thorin and Co., Gandalf _________, as it says, “______________”
  • 2. What did Gandalf and Bilbo dig up?
  • 2.  Gandalf and Bilbo dig up ________
  • 3. When Bilbo arrived home, what did he find?
  • 3. When Bilbo arrived home, he found __________, as it states, “______________”
  • 4. What, besides spoons, did Bilbo lose?
  • 4. Besides spoons, Bilbo lost ____________, as it says, “________________.”
  • DISCUSS: Why is this important to point out?
  • 5. Who came to visit Bilbo a few years after his return home?
  • 5. ____________ came to visit BIlbo a few years after his return home, “_________________”
  • 6. What news did Balin bring?
  • 6. The news that Balin brought was__________ as it states in the text “___________”
  • 7. What were Gandalf’s last words to Bilbo in this book?
  • 7. Gandalf’s last words to Bilbo in this book were _________________ as it state in the text “_______”

 

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Chapter 19 Discussion Topics

 

  • Look at the elves’ last songs (pp. 297–98, 299–300). What can you infer about the character traits and values of elves from their song?
  • “‘My dear Bilbo!’ [Gandalf] said, ‘Something is the matter with you! You are not the hobbit that you were’” (p. 302). What does Bilbo gain from his adventure? (Don’t forget to include the ability and desire to make poetry.) What is the difference in the way his home is dear to him now compared to the way it was dear to him at the beginning of the book? Is it necessary to leave a place before you can truly appreciate it? Can you relate Bilbo’s experience to your own life in any way?
  • At the end of the book, Gandalf makes the following comment: “You don’t really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit?” (p. 305). Do you agree with Bilbo or with Gandalf? If “mere luck” is not responsible for Bilbo’s success, what is?
  • Bilbo is pleased that he is “only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!” (p. 305). Why is this a comforting perspective? How does viewing oneself as a small part of a larger whole impact the way a person interacts with the world around him?

 

 

Bibliography 

Tolkien, J. R. R., and Alan Lee. The Hobbit, Or, There and Back

Again. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Print.

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