The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again
These songs promising that Thorin son of Thrain would come back and "gold would flow in rivers" to Lake-town seems sort of reminiscent of the King Arthur legend. Part of the whole mythology of King Arthur is that he's lying in an enchanted sleep, but will come back to England one day. At any rate, it seems to be a consistent theme throughout The Hobbit that songs keep legends alive. Perhaps this explains why there are so many songs in this novel.
The Elvenking realizes that Thorin has escaped and guesses that there will be "attempted burglary or something like it" at work. On what grounds could the Elvenking possibly block anyone bringing treasure through Mirkwood? We also like this quote because it shows something interesting about the narrative voice in The Hobbit. Because it often seems to imitate oral storytelling (check out our section on "Narrator Point of View " for more on this), the narrator is always throwing in these little notes of commentary and foreshadowing. In this passage, his promise that "we shall see in the end" how the Elvenking is a not quite right amps up the suspense and keeps us interested in the plot's development.
When Bilbo first gets a glimpse of the "gold beyond price and count," he suddenly feels "the lust, the glory of such treasure." How does Bilbo manage to move past the "enchantment and [...] desire of the dwarves"? Which other characters are less successful at getting past dragon-sickness? And what seems to be the cause of this bewitchment?