The Hobbit Chapter 6 Summary
by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Chapter 6 Summary

Bilbo walks away from the mountain and into the wild. He soon realizes that his journey has taken him to the other side of the mountain, but he has no idea where his friends are. He wanders for a while, trying to decide whether to go back and try to find them. Just when he has decided it is his duty to try to rescue the others from the goblins, he hears voices. He puts on the ring to make himself invisible while he investigates.

To Bilbo’s delight, the voices belong to his fellow travelers. He creeps among them and listens to Gandalf arguing with the dwarves. Gandalf says that they must go back to rescue Bilbo. The dwarves disagree; they complain that the little hobbit is useless and that it was silly of him to get lost underground. In the middle of this argument, Bilbo takes off his ring and announces that he has saved himself. The others ask how he got away, and he tells the story—but he leaves out the part about the magic ring. The dwarves think far more highly of him after this, and Gandalf reminds them that he has always said Bilbo would prove useful.

The travelers have lost their ponies and all of their food, and there is no time to hunt or gather supplies. They have to put as much distance as possible between themselves and the mountains before nightfall, when the goblins will pursue them. Bilbo and the dwarves travel as quickly as they can, and they soon enter a dark wood. A little while after nightfall, they hear wolves cry, and they all climb trees—all except Bilbo, who is too short to reach the branches. Dori climbs down and risks his life to hoist Bilbo into the branches.

The wolves, called Wargs, cannot climb. However, they are very intelligent, and they are partners with the goblins. They post guards at the base of each tree and hold a meeting. Gandalf, who understands the Wargs’ language, hears them discussing their plans to join forces with the goblins and ransack local villages. The Wargs know nothing about Gandalf, Bilbo, and the dwarves, but they assume the...

(The entire section is 557 words.)