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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 19 Summary

How It All Goes Down

The Last Stage

  • When Bilbo and Gandalf ride into Rivendell, the elves are singing a song of welcome.
  • Gandalf tells Elrond all about their adventures in the North.
  • Bilbo has a grand old time at Elrond's house: "Weariness fell from him soon [...] and he had many a merry jest and dance, early and late, with the elves of the valley" (19.11).
  • But before long, Bilbo and Gandalf ride out to Hobbiton.
  • On the way, they stop to pick up the bags of troll treasure they left buried at the side of the road over a year before.
  • When Bilbo arrives at Bag-End, he finds that his relatives (the Sackville-Bagginses, but of course) have declared him dead and are selling off all of his stuff!
  • Bilbo manages to prove that he is still alive.
  • But he has lost his reputation for being a totally respectable, ordinary hobbit.
  • Everyone in The Hill thinks he's a bit weird now.
  • But Bilbo doesn't mind: he's happy to be at home, with his trusty dagger little sword hanging over the mantelpiece.
  • Some years later, Gandalf and Balin happen to be passing by.
  • Balin tells Bilbo the good news that the area around the Lonely Mountain has grown rich and peaceful.
  • The men around the area sing songs that "the rivers run with gold" (19.34).
  • Bilbo laughs: "Then the prophecies of the old songs have turned out to be true after a fashion!" (19.35).
  • Gandalf points out that Bilbo shouldn't doubt prophecies just because he had a part in making them come true.
  • It's not like everything that happened in these adventures were solely for Bilbo's own good!
  • After all, Bilbo is "only quite a little fellow in a wide world" (19.36).
  • Bilbo replies, "Thank goodness!" (19.37), and passes the tobacco.

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