Out of the Frying Pan—Into the Fire
Vocabulary (to interpret)
- queer look
- rubbish and small pebbles
- keen eyes
- Based on the title of this chapter and everything you’ve already read, what do you think is going to happen?
- Where did Bilbo come out of the mountains?
- Is this good or bad?
- Does Bilbo think he’s going to find his friends?
- What happens when Bilbo does find his friends, what does he decide to do?
- How does Gandalf define his relationship with Bilbo*?
- What happened to Bilbo’s reputation after he returned to Gandalf and the dwarves?
- Balin and Bilbo did something very tradition (and possibly odd), what was it and why do you think they did it?
- Do you think Gandalf knew about Bilbo’s ring?
- What did Gandalf (and Elrond) believe to be true about the mountains?
- What did Gandalf know about the tunnels?
- How long had it been since Bilbo had a meal*?
- What lives in “the shadow of the goblin-infested mountains, over the Edge of the Wild on the borders of the unknown?”
- “Escaping goblins to be caught by wolves,” now means what?
- What’s a Warg?
- What were the Wargs and goblins planning and what happened to change the plan?
- 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.
- 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?
- What does ‘prisoners’ mean in the context of the eagles?
- 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.