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A Warm Welcome
Chapter Information
Title A Warm Welcome
Number 10
Location Forest River to Esgaroth
Date 22 September—c. 6 October T.A. 2941
Characters Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield
Previous Barrels Out Of Bond
Next On The Doorstep

A Warm Welcome is the tenth chapter of J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit.


While floating down the river toward Lake-town, Bilbo gets his first view of the Lonely Mountain. Upon arriving at Lake-town, Bilbo frees the Dwarves from their barrels, and then he, Thorin, Kili, and Fili head into the town to speak with the town's master. Soon all of the Dwarves are nursed back to health, and they set out on the last stage of their journey. The Master of Lake-town lends them boats and horses laden with supplies, and they head to the Lonely Mountain.


As they float down the river, Bilbo sees the Lonely Mountain in the distance. According to the raft men's talk, the landscape is much changed since Gandalf last saw it, and that the dwarves escaped Mirkwood the only way they could. Unknown to Bilbo, Gandalf has heard of his trouble and is on his way to help.

The barrels float to Lake-town, a town of Men that is also called Esgaroth, located on Long Lake. Thorin, with Fili, Kili, and Bilbo, confronts the guards and announces that he, the King under the Mountain, has returned and asks to be taken to the Master of Lake-town. They find the Master feasting with the wood-elves, who recognize their former prisoners. The Master doesn't want to oppose the elves, but the townspeople insist that Thorin be welcomed. After several weeks of rest, the Company decides it's time to continue their journey, while Bilbo is unhappy about leaving Lake-town and heading to the Lonely Mountain.


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  1. The King beneath the mountains

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