Vocabulary (to interpret)
- queer lodging
- Based on the title and what you’ve read so far, what is this chapter going to be about?
- 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?
- What simile is used to help us understand what the “great rock” looked like*?
- 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?
- What makes Beorn special?
- How did Gandalf convince Beorn to accept the entire company of dwarves?
- Do you think Gandalf was clever or being deceitful?
- According to Gandalf, what did Beorn tell everyone before he (Beorn) left the house*?
- “[Bilbo] dived under the blankets and hid his head….” Explain why you think Bilbo is either brave or someone easily scared?
- What advice does Beorn give about Mirkwood?
- When Bilbo notices the shape of a bear and mentions it to Gandalf, what does Gandalf say?
- How does Gandalf handle the dwarves when they ‘suggest’ not sending the ponies back to Beorn?
- What conditions does Gandalf set for seeing or meeting up with the dwarves again?
- What consolation does he give the dwarves in addition to the conditions (hint: person)?
- What was Thorin’s response to Bilbo being upset at the weight of package?
- What do you think Bilbo means by “very secret,” about going into Mirkwood?
- What are the reasons Gandalf gives for not going around Mirkwood (either north or south)?
- What was Gandalf’s absolutely last piece of advice*?
- What has changed about The Hobbit since you began reading? How has your expectations changed?
- 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.