Discussion questions – Hobbit Chapter 16 “A Thief in the Night” and Chapter 17 “The Clouds Burst”

  1. Why does Bilbo volunteer to take the watch for Bombur?
  2. Who is among the men and elves?
  3. What does Thorin offer for the Arkenstone?
  4. Who was Dain’s father?
  5. What happens just as the dwarves are about to begin the battle against the men and elves?
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1. He puts on his ring of invisibility and goes to the elves. He asks to be taken to Bard, and gives him the Arkenstone for using it in negotiating peace with Thorin.

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3. Thorin offers Bard one-fourteenth of the treasure, which he will take from Bilbo’s share.
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4. Dain was the son of Náin. Dain is Thorin’s cousin.

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5. Just as a battle is about to break out between the elves and men and the dwarves, the skies darken, and Gandalf comes, bringing news that goblins and wargs is about to arrive – the skies are black because an army of bats.

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2. Gandalf who pretended himself to be the old, cloaked man.

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