Category Archives: The Hobbit

The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: The Last Stage

And so, the end. “The Last Stage” rounds off the story in concise fashion, as Bilbo undertakes the second half of his journey home, and Tolkien draws his narrative to a close. The conclusion of The Hobbit seems positively tiny compared to … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: The Return Journey

The central events of The Hobbit have come to a conclusion, all that’s left is the mopping up and the going home. “The Return Journey” gives us just what it says on the tin, but the more interesting part is … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: The Clouds Burst

We have come to the climax of the story, in the suitably titled “The Clouds Burst”. The chain of events that began back in Bilbo’s kitchen – or maybe even further back, to the sack of Dale and fall of … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: A Thief In The Night

Having set up the central conflict of what remains of the narrative in the last chapter, Tolkien must now execute the final instigating act of the plot, in one of The Hobbit’s shortest, but most important, chapters. “A Thief In … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: The Gathering Of The Clouds

The destruction of Smaug signalled the end of the books second act, and now we are marching on to the culmination of things. “The Gathering Of The Clouds” is a transitional chapter in a sense, as little true plot progression … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: Fire And Water

The Hobbit’s first chapter sold the story to the reader on the basis of an eventual confrontation with a fire-breathing dragon, an enticing fantasy prospect if ever there was one. “Inside Information” provided the first part of that confrontation, in … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: Not At Home

“Not At Home” is an odd chapter in many ways. It’s partially another transition chapter, and when viewed in line with what comes after, it’s natural to think that its placement is a little strange. After all, “Inside Information” ended … Continue reading

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