The dwarves are very ill-prepared, indeed!
The Hobbit read-along continues over at The Warden’s Walk and so do my rambling thoughts about the book!
Chapter 12 continues developing the philosophies underlying the actions of all the characters. The Dwarves think about treasure, Bilbo thinks about home, and Smaug thinks about himself. Their philosophies and not their physical prowess ultimately decide all their fates.
Tolkien does not portray the Dwarves in a very flattering manner at this point in time, stating outright that “There it is: Dwarves are not heroes but calculating folk with a great idea of the value of money.” Though Bilbo has repeatedly proven his worth to the group, rescuing his companions from the spiders and the prisons of Mirkwood, he receives little credit from Thorin, who announces (rather pompously) that the time has come now for the Hobbit to earn his reward. Even so, the Dwarves hope to aid Bilbo as little as…
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