The Hobbit Read Along Part III

The finale to The Hobbit has arrived (this last section covers chpts. 13-19). While I had remembered the basics, I was still surprised how much this last section pulled at my emotions. Perhaps I am getting to be a little more human with age.

Once again, Snobbery has a great post up with a summary of events from this section along with her entertaining commentary. And she has provided the discussion questions below. Make sure to wander over to her bit of the blogosphere to see what she is up to.

First time readers/non-fanatics:  Did you catch the bit about the Necromancer at the end, and did you figure out who he was?

Yes, I read that bit about the Necromancer. But, no, I haven’t figured it out. I would like to think it is related to the later books (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), so possibly Sauruman. Which would mean that he had gone bad years, decades really, before the whole trilogy got started. I wouldn’t guess Sauron (the big Evil Eye) because I am under the impression that this entity was tied to his power base of evil-doers. Is this referred to in The Simarilllion?

My fellow read and re-readers:  Was the Arkenstone one of the lost Silmarils?  What leads you to that belief?

Ooooo! Now that is a fantastic thought. So, in the trilogy, we get to see 2 Silmarils, both dark spheres. Unless Lady Galadriel’s looking glass is also one, which would mean that a Silmaril could be a number of items. Yet, while folks wanted the Arkenstone, no one had visions with it.

How about we launch an expedition to Middle Earth and Laketown and from there to the foot of the mountain where we can dig the pesky thing up and run some tests. We will need at least 2 Silmaril experts, in case of…..misfortune. Attach resumes and references below.

Now that we’ve finished this book, if you haven’t read Tolkien before – how are you feeling having accomplished this much?  Are you planning on continuing through the rest of the books with us?  For those of you who’ve read it countless times – how is reading this time different than the first (or even the last) time you read it?

There was so much I forgot since my first reading back in the 6th grade – Beorn, the first appearance of the Wargs, the talking Ravens, the Arkenstone, and the auction of Bilbo’s belongings. So this was great to reread it (something I had been meaning to do before the movie came out). Also, reading a book with adult eyes is quite a bit different than reading it with kid eyes. I love that this book was still exceptionally entertaining.

I have read The Lord of the Rings trilogy in the past 10 years, and with farm work in full swing, I think I will have to sit out continuing on with Tolkien for now. But I can definitely make a habit of stopping in over at Snobbery to post a snarky comment or two.

Other Tidbits:

Was there a single female character (even a pony, or eagle, or goblin) in the entire book? Sausage Fest.

In one single line, Tolkien has the word ‘guns’. I had always been under the impression that all these books were staged in a world that was pre-gun technology. So why would the characters know what one sounds like?

The War of Five Armies – was it: A) Dwarves, Goblins, Wargs, Men, Elves or B) Dwarves, Goblins + Wargs, Men, Elves, Eagles?

5 thoughts on “The Hobbit Read Along Part III

  1. sj says:

    It is talked about in The Silmarillion, albeit briefly.

    ‘It is not needed that the Ring should be found, for while it abides on earth and is not unmade, still the power that it holds will live, and Sauron will grow and have hope. The might of the Elves and the Elf-friends is less now than of old. Soon he will be too strong for you, even without the Great Ring; for he rules the Nine, and of the Seven he has recovered three. We must strike.’

    To this Curunír now assented, desiring that Sauron should be thrust from Dol Guldur, which was nigh to the River, and should have leisure to search there no longer. Therefore, for the last time, he aided the Council, and they put forth their strength; and they assailed Dol Guldur, and drove Sauron from his hold, and Mirkwood for a brief while was made wholesome again.

    Curunír is Saruman’s other name, Olórin was Gandalf’s. As it says in the passage, this was the last time Saruman even made a pretense of continuing to work with the council, mostly because he wanted a chance to find the One Ring for himself.

    Also, in the appendix for The Silmarillion, it says this:

    Dol Guldur ‘Hill of Sorcery,’ fastness of the Necromancer (Sauron) in southern Mirkwood in the Third Age.

    There weren’t any women in this story at all, which is one of the reasons I find Galadriel’s presence in the upcoming movie confusing. [shrug]

    As far as guns go, there are also mentions of trains and other post-industrial references. It felt a little odd to me, as well, but I always assumed it was the playful narrator attempting to put things into context for the reader, if that makes sense.

    BotFA – I am almost positive it’s considered to be Goblins and Wargs vs Elves, Dwarves and Men.

    [phew] Sorry for the lengthy comment!

    I’m really glad you re-read the Hobbit with us, I definitely hope you’ll pop back in to read and join in on the LotR discussion, even if you’re not re-reading with us!

    • nrlymrtl says:

      Thanks for the clarity on Sauron and Mirkwood. For Tolkien addicts, he sure left us a plethora of stories to piece together.

      I’ll definitely be dropping by your blog to comment on the LoTR read along.

  2. davidjfuller says:

    I think the Eagles crashed the Battle of Five Armies. (“Not for the last time!…”) :) Hope to see you weigh in as time allows this summer.

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