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