The Hobbit Lecture #3

“At the Roots of the Mountain”

Reading: Chapters Four and Five, “Over Hill and Under Hill” and “Riddles in the Dark”

In this session, we’ll see what happens when Bilbo, his transition over, crosses into the Wild and comes to the “turning point in his career” (in several senses). We will also see how, in Gollum and the goblins, Tolkien gives a remarkable description of the nature of evil. Finally, after a careful examination of each riddle in the riddle game, we will see Bilbo make the most momentous decision of his entire life.

Length: 49 minutes

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