Download The Hobbit Study Guide

Subscribe Now

Chapter 3 Summary

Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves travel onward for many more days. Bilbo is not enjoying the trip, as he did at the beginning. He often finds himself missing his hobbit hole. When he sees a mountain in the distance, he asks whether it is their destination. Balin scoffs and says it is only the first of the Misty Mountains. The little group has to cross the Wilds, climb over or under the Misty Mountains, and then journey through more Wilds beyond that before coming to the Lonely Mountain where Smaug the dragon lives. When Bilbo understands how far they still have to go, he feels worn out and sad.

One day Gandalf says they will soon stop and rest for a while. He has sent a message to Elrond of Rivendell, an elf-friend who will let them stay with him and replenish their stores. This idea cheers Bilbo and the dwarves a great deal, but the journey to Rivendell is longer and slower than they imagined. Tea time passes without notice that afternoon, and the day grows dark as they cross fields and marshes. Finally Gandalf calls out that they have arrived, and Bilbo looks down into the hidden valley of the elves.

As Bilbo rides into the valley, he hears elves singing in the trees. The singers tease the dwarves, who do not generally like elves. They direct the travelers toward the Last Homely House, where Elrond lives. Bilbo and his companions spend two weeks in Elrond’s home, eating, refreshing themselves,...

(The entire section is 509 words.)