Category Archives: The Lord of the Rings

The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: Inside Information

This is the last large chapter, before the story really breaks into smaller bitesize chunks: here, just as in “Riddles In The Dark” and “Flies And Spiders“, Tolkien lets loose, crafting a large self-contained narrative, with its beating heart being … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: On The Doorstep

We go from one short chapter to an ever shorter one. “On The Doorstep” is a bit of an odd entry, a set-up chapter for the more momentous events to come when we get to meet Smaug. As such, there … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: Barrels Out Of Bond

With “Barrels Out Of Bond”, we have gone past the recent series of very lengthy chapters, and most of what remains of the story will be made up of much shorter entries, emphasizing even more the episodic nature of the … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: Flies And Spiders

Tolkien is on record as regarding forests in his works as synonymous with the “Otherworld” of Faeries, places of the supernatural and of magic, where normal rules do not apply. He did not, obviously, invent the concept: enchanted forests have … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: Queer Lodgings

Get the titters about the title out of the way now folks. “Queer Lodgings” is our second transitionary chapter, as the company leave the terror of the mountains behind and look forward to a whole new kind of terror in … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter By Chapter: Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire

It won’t take a genius to figure out what general direction the story is going, just from a look at the chapter title here. “Out Of The Frying Pan Into The Fire” will not be a transitionary affair as the … Continue reading

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The Hobbit, Chapter By Chapter: Riddles In The Dark

This may be the best-known chapter in Tolkien’s entire works, and is certainly one of the most highly regarded. Within the pages of the spookily titled “Riddles In The Dark”, Tolkien presents an incredibly vivid and remarkable episodic adventure, and … Continue reading

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