Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds

Only a few more chapters left! Which means it’s only a few more weeks before The Hobbit is released!

As a reminder, all previous chapters available by clicking on The Hobbit Read-Along tab just to the left.

Just some thoughts I had while reading the chapter:

  • It’s interesting that ravens are the birds connected with dwarves. They are incredibly intelligent birds, yet usually classed with crows as harbingers of death and doom.
  • Another dwarf song! I personally tend to think of music as something more for relaxation but dwarf music is very martial; even Bilbo thinks so. I guess it makes sense then that when they’ve got two armies bearing down on them, they all sit down with their harps and start singing.
  • The last part of this chapter makes me cringe. You’ve got two incredibly proud, angry, and completely unyielding leaders who refuse to compromise. Thorin behaves like a jerk to Bard, but…he makes some good points. And Bard certainly speaks the truth but could he not have been a bit more gentle and less demanding? Everybody can see how this is going to end with Bilbo the only one who seems to see how ridiculous it all is.
  • Fili and Kili. The babies of the dwarf party, I feel like we really see a true generational difference here between them and the rest of the dwarves. Several times it was mentioned that they disagreed with the way things were going with the dwarves but they still go along with what Thorin commands. Necessary I guess as he was not only their uncle, but their king.

Well, that’s it. Not much, but like the chapter title suggests, this is the calm before the storm.

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5 thoughts on “Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds

  1. jubilare says:

    “They are incredibly intelligent birds, yet usually classed with crows as harbingers of death and doom.” It depends on what mythology/culture you are looking at.

    “Bilbo the only one who seems to see how ridiculous it all is.” Yep. Poor Bilbo. This whole chapter is filled with the failure of leaders!

    It would have pleased me to see more differences between the dwarves, and to get some insight into their workings, but Tolkien wasn’t as interested in that, with The Hobbit.

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  2. Rob says:

    Here in central Arizona we’ve got LOTS of Ravens. Very smart birds and they are absolutely marvelous flyers! When the winds are up they soar and glide, obviously enjoying themselves immensely. I love to watch them.

    It seemed to me that the closer he got to his ancestral digs, the more of a jerk Thorin became. It really brought out the “King” in him. Thank goodness I don’t live in his realm!

    The calm before the storm, indeed.

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  3. David says:

    Reblogged this on The Warden's Walk and commented:
    A few very good observations.

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  4. emilykazakh says:

    Reblogged this on WanderLust and commented:
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