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* * A Warm Welcome * * 3 - final questions and wrap-up


Sep 15 2012, 7:11pm

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* * A Warm Welcome * * 3 - final questions and wrap-up Can't Post

We’re all busy this time of year, so I’ll limit my posts to 3. This last question, then, serves as the summing up of the chapter.

Our Party has successfully extricated itself from the escape barrels and convinced a group of merry-making guards to take them to the Master of Lake-town. Bilbo, like myself, has caught a nasty cold...

As you read from “I am Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror King under the Mountain! I return!” to the end of the chapter, you might consider the following questions:

1.But lock nor bar may hinder the homecoming spoken of old.” Notice the way Thorin speaks in this part of the chapter. How would you describe it: royally, bombastic, archaic, something else? What is his motivation?

2. How does Lake-town respond to the dwarves’ homecoming? Is everyone excited and are they excited for the same reason(s)? I can understand why the Wood-elves were shocked to see Thorin, et al, but exactly why were they afraid?

3. Some of the “new songs” of the dwarves’ homecoming -- inspired by the Master of Lake-town -- include lines like “...cargoes of rich presents coming down the river to Lake-town.” Why would the Master of Lake-town inspire and/or encourage these renditions?

These versions of the songs “...did not particularly please the dwarves...”. Is this because Thorin feels they will be expected to share the wealth of the Mountain (and, btw, they have no mind to do so)?

Are Thorin & Co. deceiving the Lake-towners? Using them? Does this knowledge dampen your sympathy for their cause -- especially after being fed, clothed and housed by Lake-town citizens -- or are the Lake-towners expecting too much?

4. The Wood-elves return to Mikwood with news of the Party’s escape. Tolkien adds “I have never heard what happened to the chief of guards or the butler.

What do you think happened to them? Sent downriver in a few barrels of their own?

5. The end of the chapter illustrates two contrasting reactions to the knowledge of Thorin’s quest. What is/are the key difference(s) between how the Master of Lake-town reacts to the news and how Thranduil, king of the Wood-elves reacts?

Why is Thranduil considered by Tolkien/the Narrator to be wiser -- is it his experience (i.e., the number and kinds of experiences we imagine Thranduil to have had), or his values? Or something else?

6. Any last thoughts on “A Warm Welcome?” Was it as unambiguous as you previously thought?

Are there any themes or key points we need to carry over to “On the Doorstep”?

Finally, "Thank You" to all who read and responded!

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* * A Warm Welcome * * 3 - final questions and wrap-up telain Send a private message to telain Sep 15 2012, 7:11pm
    Apologies to both you and dernwyn... sador Send a private message to sador Sep 15 2012, 7:21pm
        Indeed! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Sep 16 2012, 11:27pm
            Thank you! // sador Send a private message to sador Sep 19 2012, 8:24am
        no worries... telain Send a private message to telain Sep 17 2012, 3:49pm
    Ladies and gentlemen - the Beatles! dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Sep 17 2012, 1:23am
        merrily, merrily, merrily... telain Send a private message to telain Sep 17 2012, 3:56pm
    Late Answers sador Send a private message to sador Sep 19 2012, 2:33pm


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