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The Hobbit: Review and Life Applications of Chapters Three and Four

I just hope that some little 9th grade kid doing a book report on The Hobbit stumbles across this blog. I think that would make my day.

Last time, the dwarves were caught by trolls and were on the verge of being turned into a stew when Gandalf arrived and got them out of that very sticky situation. They began making their way to Rivendell.

Chapter 3: The elvish valley is located within the Misty Mountains, and it is quite tricky to find. But fake-Albus is still with them, so it turns out okay. In Rivendell, the 14 member crew is rested  and given advice on the next steps of their journey (ex: navigating out of the Misty Mountains). The night before they are to leave, the leader Elf, Elrond, discovers moon letters written upon the dwarvish map. They are (very vague) instructions on how to enter the secret side door of the mountain.

Chapter 4: Adios, Rivendell. Hola, rain and miserableness (again). The dwarves, hobbit, and wizard again press on through horrible traveling conditions, and finally decide to camp in an unoccupied cave of relatively shallow dimensions. During the night, Bilbo is woken by strange visions of a crack in the rock widening into a door, with goblins sneaking into the cave and stealing the ponies. Not the ponies! The group wakens upon Bilbo’s yell, and now it is they who are being kidnapped. Gandalf manages to take a couple goblins down before disappearing, but it’s too late for the rest: the troop is chased into the depths of the goblin colony. Blah blah blah, goblin leader is killed when Gandalf again appears out of nowhere, then the whole group attempts to scamper away. Goblins catch up, there are a couple of skirmishes, and the chapter ends with Bilbo falling off Dori’s back, bumping his head, and going unconscious. Cheery.

(Somewhat Depressing) Life Lessons:

1. Decide if you want to have a good time or if you want to have a good story.

“Now it is a strange thing, but things that are good to have and days that are good to spend are soon told about, and not much to listen to; while things that are uncomfortable, palpitating, and even gruesome, may make a good tale, and take a deal of telling anyway.”

It’s like the phrase, “Nothing good happens after <insert curfew here>.” You can choose to follow that phrase, and you will get a solid nights sleep. Or, you can choose to disregard the phrase, and typically dramatic/stupid shenanigans follow that are never fun while in the moment, but certainly wonderful to brag about later. Which would you prefer?

2. Bring a map.

“There were many paths that led up into those mountains, and many passes over them. But most of the paths were cheats and deceptions and led nowhere or to bad ends; and most of the passes were infested by evil things and dreadful dangers.”

3. On we go.

“Well, well! it might be worse, and then again it might be a good deal better. No ponies, and no food, and no knowing quite where we are, and hordes of angry goblins just behind! On we go!”

I would elaborate, but I really think that the clip from Finding Nemo says it all…

Next time: Chapter 5, ‘Riddles in the Dark’

(Source: J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Ballantine Books, 1937)

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This entry was posted on 8.12th.11 by in All Blog Posts, Faith, The Hobbit.
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