A Warm Welcome
Vocabulary (to interpret)
- promontory of rock
- greybeards and gammers
- trust to your gratitude
- Based on what you’ve read and the title of this chapter, what do you think will happen next?
- What mountain does Bilbo see?
- What’s on top of the mountain?
- In what was is the mountain personified?
- Why do you think the author included details about the old songs and the possibility of the dwarves returning one day?
- What imagery is (again) for Thorin as he comes out of the barrel? What does this imagery tell us about Thorin, if anything?
- What won’t Fili eat and why?
- The market place of Laketown is what*?
- Once Thorin has announced himself the King under the Mountain, how does the town treat Bilbo, Thorin, and the rest of the dwarves?
- Explain why you think Thorin and the dwarves have or haven’t truly earned or are deserving of the way they’re being treated?
- “Very well! We’ll see! No treasure will come back through Mirkwood without my having something to say in the matter.” What do you think was the Elven King’s motivation for these words? What do you think the Elven King wants if the dwarves succeed?
- What did the Master of Laketown really think of Thorin and the other dwarves?
- If you had to guess (and you have to guess), what was the true motivation behind the quest Bilbo and the dwarves are on?
* — Direct quotes used as your answer.
† — Before reading on you need to a) think about the question, and b) do your best to answer it in the context of what you are reading.