Thorin and company set off. Destination: The Lonely Mountain.
Literally shoved out the door by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo joins them somewhat reluctantly, unaware how doing so will radically change his future — and that of Middle-earth.
The Hobbit Chapter 2: Roast Mutton
Seeking shelter one rainy night, they blunder into the camp of three trolls. Even worse, the trolls are hungry! Gandalf saves the day in the nick of time, and the Company discover the trolls’ hoard holds some interesting items.
How does Bilbo fare when faced with the first real danger of the quest? What do we learn about the Company, and the personalities of the dwarves? What is the nature of trolls? And what of the items the Company discover in the trolls’ hoard?
Join us in The Hall of Fire tomorrow, Saturday January 31, at 5pm EST when we’ll delve into the events of Roast Mutton and explore the terms of Bilbo’s “burglary” contract and many other things.
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