Chapter Twelve

Chapter Twelve

Inside Information

Vocabulary (to interpret)
  1. wrought and unwrought
  2. hoard
  3. worm
  4. antiquated
Questions
  1. Who is Bilbo quoting when he says ‘third time pays for all?’
  2. What do you think ‘third time pays for all’ means?
  3. Do you think the dwarves are brave?
  4. Who agrees to go with Bilbo and why?
  5. What condition is placed on dwarves (like Thorin and company) for them to be decent enough*?
  6. What are the dwarves most concerned about (hint: it’s not Bilbo)?
  7. Bilbo is now a different hobbit. What’s the defining characteristic that shows the difference?
  8. What was the “bravest thing [Bilbo] ever did?”
  9. Describe Smaug?
  10. What did Bilbo steal from the sleep Smaug?
  11. What do you think it means “to put their families … at his service?”
  12. “Then he missed the cup.” Do you think a dragon as big as Smaug could really know every ounce of treasure in his hoard?
  13. What was the color of Smaug’s flames when he landed on the mountain top?
  14. What do the dwarves do when they realize they can’t get away and they can’t move forward (hint: it has to do with the hobbit)?
  15. “Every worm has his weak spot,” does what for the story?
  16. What advice does Smaug give to Bilbo? Do you think this is good advice or bad advice? What do you think Bilbo should do?
  17. What is dragon-talk and what was it doing to Bilbo?
  18. What was Bilbo’s new saying that passed into proverb?
  19. What are the three kinds of dragon slaying Bilbo and the dwarves discuss?
  20. Smaug knows the lake-men helped Bilbo and the dwarves, what’s he going to do to the lake-men?

* — 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.