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The Hobbit chapter 3: "A Short Rest" discussion pt.1

Finding Frodo
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Jul 26 2012, 3:44am


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Whoops! My "short rest" turned into a long nap. Sorry about the delay, everyone.Blush

One morning they forded a river at a wide shallow place full of the noise of stones and foam. The far bank was steep and slippery. When they got to the top of it, leading their ponies, they saw that the great mountains had marched down very near to them.

1. LotR-first people, did you recognize this as the Ford of Bruinen?

"Is that The Mountain?" asked Bilbo in a solemn voice, looking at it with round eyes.

2. Who does that remind you of in LotR? Is the similarity intentional on Tolkien's part?

Now Gandalf led the way. "We must not miss the road, or we shall be done for," he said....The only path was marked with white stones, some of which were small, and others were half covered with moss or heather. Altogether it was a very slow business following the track, even guided by Gandalf, who seemed to know his way about pretty well.

3. Is it troubling to you that Gandalf has so much difficulty finding the way to Rivendell?

"Here it is at last!" he called, and the others gathered round him and looked over the edge. They saw a valley far below. They could hear the voice of hurrying water in a rocky bed at the bottom; the scent of trees was in the air; and there was a light on the valley-side across the water.

4. I have read that the scenery in Tolkien's walking tour of Switzerland as a young man may have inspired Rivendell. Here is an old photo of Lauterbrunnen in Switzerland. Please comment or post your own favorite photo or painting of Rivendell or a Rivendell-like place.


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The Hobbit chapter 3: "A Short Rest" discussion pt.1 Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Jul 26 2012, 3:44am
    "the smell of the pine-trees made him drowsy" SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Jul 26 2012, 3:55am
    Thoughts. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 26 2012, 11:00am
    I can't stay away from these discussions. DesiringDragons Send a private message to DesiringDragons Jul 26 2012, 2:11pm
        Don't! sador Send a private message to sador Jul 26 2012, 3:23pm
            It's from Tolkien's illustrations for The Hobbit.// Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 26 2012, 3:57pm
            Thank you! DesiringDragons Send a private message to DesiringDragons Jul 26 2012, 5:29pm
        I usually like Tolkien's illustrations best, but in this rare case Naismith Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 26 2012, 3:58pm
            Can't say I agree, although his technical facility is excellent as usual squire Send a private message to squire Jul 26 2012, 5:15pm
                You make some great points. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 26 2012, 6:13pm
                I find it hard to compare Nasmith and Tolkien Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Jul 26 2012, 10:40pm
                    And it's not as if the painting lacks drama SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Jul 26 2012, 11:30pm
                Where would a hobbit rather live? CuriousG Send a private message to CuriousG Jul 30 2012, 5:06pm
            I'll leave the fine details of the art discussion to those... DesiringDragons Send a private message to DesiringDragons Jul 26 2012, 5:24pm
                *watercolor, not drawing // DesiringDragons Send a private message to DesiringDragons Jul 27 2012, 1:16pm
    Short answers sador Send a private message to sador Jul 26 2012, 3:30pm
        Sam, who's master was Frodo Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Jul 26 2012, 3:55pm
        Ah, that's it. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 26 2012, 4:07pm
        Oh yes, Sam! DesiringDragons Send a private message to DesiringDragons Jul 26 2012, 6:18pm
    time flies when you are having fun Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Jul 26 2012, 3:53pm
        I meant Gandalf "entering Moria" - not "enduring Moria" Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Jul 26 2012, 4:12pm
            It makes sense either way SirDennisC Send a private message to SirDennisC Jul 26 2012, 5:45pm
        It may not be too surprising dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Jul 27 2012, 2:46am
            Boromir had some trouble finding Rivendell. Curious Send a private message to Curious Jul 27 2012, 5:46am
                Considering which of those two dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Jul 27 2012, 10:56am
    Rivendell and Lauterbrunnen: an old link of EoPW's dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Jul 27 2012, 2:52am
        Thanks for the link Finding Frodo Send a private message to Finding Frodo Jul 28 2012, 3:46am

 
 
 

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