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The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again
The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again
by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again Chapter 10 Summary

How It All Goes Down

A Warm Welcome

  • The trip down the river is very unpleasant, and Bilbo (who's clinging to a barrel rather than being packed inside one) catches a horrible cold.
  • Once the raft of barrels is moored at Lake-town, the elves go off and Bilbo cuts the dwarves out of their barrels.
  • Thorin thanks Bilbo for the trip, "though [he wishes Bilbo] could have arranged a more comfortable journey" (10.17).
  • Thorin marches right up to the gates of the town and announces, "Thorin son of Thrain son of Thror King under the Mountain! [...] I have come back. I wish to see the Master of your town!" (10.21).
  • All the guards are pretty excited to hear this.
  • They bring the dwarves to see the Master of the town, who's feasting with the elves who brought their "empty" wine barrels to the town.
  • These elves identify Thorin and his crew as prisoners escaped from the Elvenking.
  • Thorin dismisses the right of the Elvenking to keep him prisoner.
  • People are really excited that Thorin is back in town – they all have legends of the great wealth of the Lonely Mountain when the dwarves were in residence.
  • They start singing in the streets: "The King beneath the mountains, / The King of carven stone, / The lord of silver fountains / Shall come into his own!" (10.35).
  • After about two weeks chilling in Lake-town, Thorin suggests that they get going on their quest.
  • The Master is surprised: he never really believed that Thorin was a descendant of the old dwarvish kings.
  • But the Master is glad to see Thorin go – he and his dwarves are really stirring things up in Lake-town.
  • So the dwarves (and Bilbo) all set out one autumn day to the Lonely Mountain.

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