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Chapter Two: Roast Mutton:

Again, the book used is The Annotated Hobbit by Douglas A. Anderson.

Right from the beginning of the chapter we see that Bilbo's Took side is slowly waking up. However, he's still conflicted about the idea of adventuring (leaning more to the 'just going to forget it ever happened' side). That is, until Gandalf reappears.

Gandalf shows Bilbo the note that was left by Thorin, and hustles him out the door before he even knows what's going on. The next thing the hobbit realizes is that he's left on this adventure, which at first doesn't seem so bad. Then the scenery becomes spooky, with "old castles with an evil look, as if they had been built by wicked people"(The Annotated Hobbit.65), and the weather changes for the worse: wet and cold.

Even here, Middle-Earth is slipping in: the name of the region, the Lone-lands is a translation of the Sindarin name 'Eriador', which it is called in The Lord of the Rings.

The troubles continued, with one of the ponies losing a large part of the group's food supplies. However, here the first sub-adventure in the story comes into being. The three trolls. Of course, things don't turn out as they are supposed to, ending up with all of the dwarves and the hobbit captured. Of course, Gandalf manages to free them, with everything working out fine in the end. They pick up the swords found in the Trolls den and bury the gold.

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