Discussion questions – Hobbit Chapter 8 – “Flies and Spiders”

  1. What was Mirkwood Forest like? List all things black Bilbo and dwarves encounter here.  What does Tolkien communicate through this imagery?
  2. Why did they give up lighting fires at night?
  3. What ran across their path? Why couldn’t they slake their thirst from this?  What would happen if they fell into this stream?
  4. How did they get across the river?
  5. What happened just as the last dwarves were disembarking from the boat?
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