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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 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 signaled 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: A Warm Welcome

It hasn’t been all that long since our last transition chapter really, though it may seem like it’s been an age since the company trooped up to Beorn’s home in “Queer Lodgings“. But here we are again with “A Warm … 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: 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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The Hobbit, Chapter-By-Chapter: Over Hill And Under Hill

After the transition of “A Short Rest”, this chapter sets us and the company back on the road to the Lonely Mountain firmly. The title of this chapter is a clever bit of wordplay, and something Tolkien would call back … Continue reading

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