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Hall of Fire this weekend: The Hobbit Chapter 16

September 5, 2015 at 10:41 am by Demosthenes  - 

This weekend Hall of Firte resumes discussing The Hobbit with a key chapter.

“The treasure is likely to be your death, though the dragon is no more!”

The Hobbit Chapter 16: A Thief in the Night

With these words Roäc, the old raven, predicts grim times for Thorin and Company. Although Dain and the dwarves of the Iron Hills will soon arrive to aid their kin, they can hardly outnumber the host of men and elves now besieging the Lonely Mountain. With winter is coming on all begins to seem hopeless.

Bilbo Baggins decides to take matters into his own hands. What he does may be considered ingenious or just plain sneaky, but there is no longer any doubt this descendant of Bullroarer Took is a real, true burglar.

Was Bilbo justified in what he did? What is the power that the Arkenstone seems to have over all who see it? What is the background of Dain and his folk?

What might have occurred had Bilbo not acted and where did Gandalf suddenly appear from?

Information, insight and speculation galore await you if you join us this week in #thehalloffire as we look at “The Hobbit: Chapter 16: A Thief in the Night”

Upcoming discussions

Saturday September 5: The Hobbit Chapter 16: The Clouds Burst
Saturday September 12: Cirdan the Mariner

The Arkenstone, by Ted NasmithThe Arkenstone by Ted Nasmith.

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