My question regarding this chapter is:
Who are the five armies?
1. Lake Men
2. Wood Elves
3. Dwarves of Dain & Erebor
4. Goblins of the North
5. Wargs & Bats? (Aren't they part of the Goblin Army?)
5. Eagles? (They seem to come of their own accord.)
5. Various creatures and magical types? (Gandalf, Beorn, Eagles)
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, steveseg@... wrote:
> Two chapters prior to this, the seventeenth, there was 'The
Gathering of the
> Clouds." Here, "The Clouds Burst," and in unbridled fury! The day
> off calmly enough as Bard, the Elvenking and Gandalf approach in
> with seventeen others. Of course the dwarves see only an old man
wrapped in a
> cloak. At this point, I'm not sure that even Bard and his
counterpart know of
> the wizard's true identity.
> The point is quickly reached as Bard offers the Arkenstone of Thrain
> exchange for a fair share of the treasure. Thorin is outraged and
curious as to
> how this came to be. Bilbo folds like a deck of cards and admits his
> culpability. About to thrust the hobbit over the defensive wall at
the Front Gate,
> Gandalf stands forth and reveals himself, demanding that the dwarf
> down. Thorin then agrees to give the investing host the minimum one
> share and it will be the burglar's. Well, Bilbo opened the door on
that. He is
> evicted from Erebor and joins those awaiting outside.
> Though he verbally agreed to part with the portion requested, Thorin
> actually buying time and sent Roac to tell Dain to come with "wary
> Another day passes before Dain and his veteran dwarves arrive. They
> call for a parley, in which Bard obliges them. Bilbo is asked to
join the talks.
> Bard is determined to keep Dain from reinforcing Thorin as, thus
> he might renege wait out a siege. The parley fails and Thorin fires
on a new
> embassy. The stage is set, for disaster! Yet, the Elvenking counsels
> patience and not war, knowing the toughness and valor of the
dwarves. Plus, he
> wonders if gold is worth the blood to be spilled. Yet his wisdom
matters naught as
> the dwarves of Dain attack without warning. No wasted time here!
> Just as the two hosts were about to meet, the clouds burst in
> Bolg, son of Azog as attacked, leading the goblins of the northern
> Mountains in a mighty force. Wargs and bats accompany the goblins.
They had been
> gathering in secret in order to avenge the death of the Great Goblin
and by the
> time they had grouped near Gundabad, news of Smaug's death reached
> Even the ravens and Gandalf were caught unawares by this attack. A
> before the assault hits, allows the dwarves, elves and men to
> prepare a hast defense. And so begins the Battle of the Five
Armies. The bats and
> (later) the Eagles, don't count among the five.
> Bilbo, sensibly, puts on the Ring as the elves lead the charge
> goblins. Soon after the dwarves join the fray followed by the men as
> straits became most dangerous. Just when things looke their most
> and company attacked and provided temporary relief. All this, Bilbo
> from Ravenhill, surrounded by elves. Bilbo had decided that if he
were to die,
> it might as well be defending the Elvenking. And it seemed, ring or
> the hobbit would die. The goblins numbers were too much and they
> inexorably to victory. But then Bilbo spots the Eagles and alerts
the elves to
> their good fortune, even as an errant stone knocks the hobbit out!
> Steve S.
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