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The One Ring Forums: Off Topic: The Pollantir:
Okay, what is your favorite chapter in The Hobbit?
Poll: Okay, what is your favorite chapter in The Hobbit.
An Unexpected Party
Roast Mutton
A Short Rest
Over Hill and Under Hill
Riddles in the Dark
Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire
Queer Lodgings
Flies and Spiders
Barrels Out of Bond
A Warm Welcome
On the Doorstep
Inside Information
Not at Home
Fire and Water
The Gathering of the Clouds
A Thief in the Night
The Clouds Burst
The Return Journey
The Last Stage
View Results (38 votes)


Oct 30 2007, 8:54pm

Post #1 of 12 (464 views)
Okay, what is your favorite chapter in The Hobbit? Can't Post

I chose An Unexpected Party.

If you have forgotten which chapter is which, and don't have a book handy, here's the Cliff Notes summary of the chapters.

Riddles in the Dark may be the favorite because of its connection to LotR, but as much as I love that chapter and several others I'm going with An Unexpected Party. I love the humor of that chapter, at Bilbo's expense, and to some extent at Thorin's as well. And I also love the imagery, which is much more frivolous than in LotR. The dwarves have multicolored beards, and Gandalf's colored smoke rings chase Thorin's all over the house. I enjoy the songs, too.

And by the way, I seem to disagree with Tolkien himself on this, who in his letters appears to have regretted the frivolous tone of the first few chapters, and preferred the more serious tone of the last few chapters, which he carried over to LotR. I've also read somewhere, though, that Tolkien's children loved Roast Mutton the best. That's another of my favorites, along with Inside Information, where Bilbo speaks with Smaug, and Flies and Spiders, where Bilbo saves the day. But I'll stick with my choice.

(This post was edited by Curious on Oct 30 2007, 8:56pm)


Oct 30 2007, 9:42pm

Post #2 of 12 (204 views)
I voted for... [In reply to] Can't Post

An Unexpected Party, too. I do love this light tone, as you say, at Bilbo's expense. I also love the link to the ancient time when, as mentioned in the song, the dwarves made weapons and fashioned jeweled handles (and the Nauglamier, although not mentioned here specifically.) But the story goes darker (and this is the tact that I think PJ and co., if we are fortunate again to let them show us The Shire again, should take.)

Boo on you, Curious, for not allowing multiple answers! Sly I think this would ferret out the real favorite, by letting us see which is everyone's second favorite, too. It might be the real answer, like they do when voting for best picture nominations. I would have chosen A Short Rest, as I love Elrond and Rivendell. This is a great future link to the Rivendell some years on, when the elves are no longer light hearted cause the world has gotten more dangerous.

Now, don't tell me we have the same least favorite chapter! Thanks a lot for the Cliff Notes link, cause I've forgotten the chapter delineation since I've just listened to the BBC audio for so long.

(This post was edited by Patty on Oct 30 2007, 9:50pm)


Oct 30 2007, 9:57pm

Post #3 of 12 (219 views)
Riddles in the Dark [In reply to] Can't Post

Maybe because this is the point where Bilbo really finds his courage and resourcefulness, maybe because of the link to LotR, or maybe because I just like riddles.

Like Patty, my second choice would be A Short Rest, because of Rivendell.

N.E. Brigand

Oct 30 2007, 10:27pm

Post #4 of 12 (205 views)
Which version? [In reply to] Can't Post

Gollum parts from Bilbo apologetically, for not being able to find the promised gift? Or Gollum parts from Bilbo in a rage, calling him a thief?


Oct 30 2007, 11:29pm

Post #5 of 12 (236 views)
I like them both, although the second version [In reply to] Can't Post

works best for those who have read, or go on to read, LotR.


Oct 31 2007, 5:29pm

Post #6 of 12 (200 views)
I'm kind of attached to the second version. [In reply to] Can't Post

For years, I had no idea there was a first version. By the time I found out, the second version had fixed itself in my mind as the way it really happened.


Oct 31 2007, 7:51pm

Post #7 of 12 (193 views)
I chose Inside Information [In reply to] Can't Post

I love the description of Smaug and his cave, and the conversation between Smaug and Bilbo.

Tol Eressea

Nov 1 2007, 12:11am

Post #8 of 12 (190 views)
I liked Inside Information... [In reply to] Can't Post

because I like the interaction with Smaug

Tol Eressea

Nov 1 2007, 4:55am

Post #9 of 12 (180 views)
Ok... [In reply to] Can't Post

I have a lot of them....so I picked the 1st one, it's where we meet Bilbo and the Dwarves for the first time...so I like that one a lot....so yeah....I picked it.....so there!


Nov 1 2007, 2:39pm

Post #10 of 12 (175 views)
These two: [In reply to] Can't Post

I loved the talking with Smaug... what was that chapter called, inside information I think? And an unexpected party is a great chapter too :)

N.E. Brigand

Nov 1 2007, 9:13pm

Post #11 of 12 (228 views)
On the Doorstep. [In reply to] Can't Post

For the physical descriptions, and for the moment described here.

Forum Admin / Moderator

Nov 12 2007, 3:40am

Post #12 of 12 (235 views)
Both those reasons for me, as well! [In reply to] Can't Post

There's something so - compelling - about a vast treasure, a gloriously sinister dragon, and the extreme care which must be taken when dealing with him!


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