This Saturday at 6pm ET in The Hall of Fire we’ll return to our chapter-by-chapter discussion of the Hobbit with Chapter 10 — A Warm welcome.

“Thag you very buch.”

The Hobbit Chapter 10 — A Warm Welcome

Thanks to Bilbo, Thorin and company have escaped from the dungeons of the Elf-king of Mirkwood. But to what end? Do the dwarves finally consider Bilbo a worthy member of their company?

The journey down the river is an unpleasant one for the dwarves, but the end makes up for it — or does it? Are the men of Lake-Town as friendly and accommodating as they seem, or do they have a more sinister purpose?

What of the legends of rivers running with gold? Do they realise what assisting Thorin’s group might cost them? This is our first look at a village of men in Tolkien’s world, does he present them with the same loving and realistic attention to detail as his more fantastic creations?

Join us tomorrow (Saturday June 6 at 6pm EDT) in #thehalloffire on

Join us this Saturday May 23 at 6pm EDT in #thehalloffire on when when we’ll discuss these questions and many others as we look at Chapter 10 of ‘The Hobbit’ — A Warm Welcome.

Upcoming discussions

Saturday June 6: The Hobbit Chapter 10
Saturday June 13: Why do we love Hobbits so mcuh?
Saturday June 20: The Hobbit Chapter 11

Lake-town by J.R.R. Tolkien

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