June 25

Day 176

Basic Reading: 

    The Hobbit: Chapter 13: Not at Home
    *This chapter will be read over the course of two days, so read about half of it today.

Supplementary Reading:

  • Prior Versions/Background:

    • The History of The Hobbit, Part Two: Chapter XIII: The Death of Smaug

Enrichment Activities:

  • Timeline: Third Age August 2941

  • Other: Watch Peter Jackson’s film adaptation “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” Consider the changes he made to the story, and whether you believe they are justified.

Discussion Questions:

    1. What should Bilbo have done with the Arkenstone?
    2. Was it wise to explore the hall in the dragon’s absence? Would you have done it?
    3. Should Bilbo and the Dwarves have been concerned about what Smaug might be doing?