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And what is your *least* favorite chapter in The Hobbit?
Poll: And what is your *least* 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 (25 votes)


Oct 30 2007, 9:17pm

Post #1 of 7 (455 views)
And what is your *least* favorite chapter in The Hobbit? Can't Post

I'll go with The Gathering of the Clouds, because I find it more serious in tone than the rest of the book, anticlimactic since it comes after Smaug's death, and a little slow. It's also disappointing because war is about to break out between the good guys. It's Tolkien's attempt to turn this children's tale into something for adults, and to me it feels tacked on -- and indeed I believe it was tacked on to the tale Tolkien told his children when he readied it for publication, although I'm not certain about that.

Once again, here are the Cliff Note summaries if you want to refresh yourself on which chapter is which. But watch out for Cliff -- I noticed some errors in those summaries.

(This post was edited by Curious on Oct 30 2007, 9:19pm)


Oct 30 2007, 9:49pm

Post #2 of 7 (188 views)
Flies and Spiders for me... [In reply to] Can't Post

as I've said in another thread, I don't like the idea of the spiders talking. Funny how I am okay with talking trees, but not talking spiders. Go figure.Crazy


Oct 31 2007, 5:31pm

Post #3 of 7 (168 views)
I picked that one too. [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't care much for flies and spiders, talking or not!

Tol Eressea

Nov 1 2007, 12:10am

Post #4 of 7 (168 views)
I think my least favorite is Over Hill and Under Hill because... [In reply to] Can't Post

It would be so scary to be captured like that and then think you are going to get away and don't.

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Nov 12 2007, 3:44am

Post #5 of 7 (164 views)
The Clouds Burst [In reply to] Can't Post

For the same reason that I chose Helm's Deep in LotR: I have a difficult time getting my head around battle scenes!

N.E. Brigand

Nov 12 2007, 4:13am

Post #6 of 7 (158 views)
Here's a summary. [In reply to] Can't Post

I can't promise it will help:

The Clouds Burst

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Nov 12 2007, 4:36am

Post #7 of 7 (458 views)
Now that's a most [In reply to] Can't Post

um, intriguing way of looking at this chapter! From the "strategies", rather than the conflict itself. Very curious, how it seems to resemble another well-known battle...and now I'm going to be wondering where the heck that Thrush went to!

Thanks for the link! Laugh


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