Chapter Seven

Chapter Seven

Queer Lodgings

Vocabulary (to interpret)
  1. queer lodging
  2. deceitful
  3. package
Questions
  1. Based on the title and what you’ve read so far, what is this chapter going to be about?
  2. Tolkien uses queer a lot. Today it is often used to mean same-sex attraction. This is not the case with Tolkien. What do you think queer means? Does Tolkien use it in different ways to mean different things?
  3. What simile is used to help us understand what the “great rock” looked like*?
  4. Gandalf says: “[After] all this is not my adventure. I may look in on it again before it is all over, but in the meanwhile I have some other pressing business to attend to.” What do you think Gandalf means? Do you think he will return?
  5. What makes Beorn special?
  6. How did Gandalf convince Beorn to accept the entire company of dwarves?
  7. Do you think Gandalf was clever or being deceitful?
  8. According to Gandalf, what did Beorn tell everyone before he (Beorn) left the house*?
  9. “[Bilbo] dived under the blankets and hid his head….” Explain why you think Bilbo is either brave or someone easily scared?
  10. What advice does Beorn give about Mirkwood?
  11. When Bilbo notices the shape of a bear and mentions it to Gandalf, what does Gandalf say?
  12. How does Gandalf handle the dwarves when they ‘suggest’ not sending the ponies back to Beorn?
  13. What conditions does Gandalf set for seeing or meeting up with the dwarves again?
  14. What consolation does he give the dwarves in addition to the conditions (hint: person)?
  15. What was Thorin’s response to Bilbo being upset at the weight of package?
  16. What do you think Bilbo means by “very secret,” about going into Mirkwood?
  17. What are the reasons Gandalf gives for not going around Mirkwood (either north or south)?
  18. What was Gandalf’s absolutely last piece of advice*?
  19. What has changed about The Hobbit since you began reading? How has your expectations changed?
  20. What do you think will happen between the end of this chapter and the end of the book?

* — 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.