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Chapter 13 Summary

Bilbo and his friends wait fearfully inside the mountain for a long, dark while; it feels like they have been there for days. Finally Thorin suggests trying to open the gate even if the dragon is on the other side. The dwarves try, but that entire part of the mountain has been crushed; no one will ever enter or exit by that way again. Everyone falls into despair except Bilbo, who points out that he has been down the tunnel to the dragon’s lair twice without getting caught. He suggests going again—this time all together.

The dwarves agree, and they all walk as quietly as possible down the passageway. When they reach the treasure, Smaug is not there. The dwarves send Bilbo out to investigate, but he finds no dragon and no information about where the dragon might have gone. As he climbs the mountain of treasure, he finds the Arkenstone, the heart of the mountain. It is an enormous jewel that was the pride of the dwarves when Thorin’s grandfather was King under the Mountain. Bilbo is stunned by the stone’s beauty, and he puts it in his pocket. Thorin promised him one fourteenth of the treasure and said he could choose his part first. He decides that the Arkenstone is the part he wants. He is not sure if the dwarves will let him have it, but he keeps it close for the time being.

When they are sure Smaug is not at home, the dwarves come out of the tunnel to investigate the treasure. They are astounded by the magnificent pile of gold and jewels, and they quickly pocket some bits and pieces. They take swords and armor as well, and Thorin gives Bilbo a...

(The entire section is 441 words.)