Chapter Six

Chapter Six

Out of the Frying Pan—Into the Fire

Vocabulary (to interpret)
  1. confusticate
  2. queer look
  3. rubbish and small pebbles
  4. sea-sighing
  5. keen eyes
Questions
  1. Based on the title of this chapter and everything you’ve already read, what do you think is going to happen?
  2. Where did Bilbo come out of the mountains?
  3. Is this good or bad?
  4. Does Bilbo think he’s going to find his friends?
  5. What happens when Bilbo does find his friends, what does he decide to do?
  6. How does Gandalf define his relationship with Bilbo*?
  7. What happened to Bilbo’s reputation after he returned to Gandalf and the dwarves?
  8. Balin and Bilbo did something very tradition (and possibly odd), what was it and why do you think they did it?
  9. Do you think Gandalf knew about Bilbo’s ring?
  10. What did Gandalf (and Elrond) believe to be true about the mountains?
  11. What did Gandalf know about the tunnels?
  12. How long had it been since Bilbo had a meal*?
  13. What lives in “the shadow of the goblin-infested mountains, over the Edge of the Wild on the borders of the unknown?”
  14. “Escaping goblins to be caught by wolves,” now means what?
  15. What’s a Warg?
  16. What were the Wargs and goblins planning and what happened to change the plan?
  17. Read about God in the Machine and then write a short response on whether or not the arrival of the Eagles and their help in saving Bilbo and co. was an example of deus ex machina.
  18. What do you think Bilbo meant when he felt as though he understood a piece of bacon taken from the frying pan and returned to the shelf?
  19. What does ‘prisoners’ mean in the context of the eagles?
  20. How has the story changed from the beginning? What do you think will happen next?

* — 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.