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The Clouds Burst is the seventeenth chapter of J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit.

SynopsisEdit

Bard and Thranduil use the Arkenstone to try to negotiate with Thorin. Furious, Thorin acquiesces, but declares Bilbo a betrayer and has him thrown from his walls. Dáin arrives with his army of Dwarves, and Gandalf warns of the coming of Bolg and his army of Goblins, Wargs, and Bats. The Dwarves, Elves, and Men join forces and the Battle of Five Armies begins. When the battle seems to be lost, Bilbo spots the coming arrival of the Eagles, before becoming knocked out.

PlotEdit

In the morning, Bard returns with two messengers to entreat Thorin to accept a peaceable agreement. When the dwarf again refuses, Bard reveals the Arkenstone, the one part of the treasure that Thorin values above all else. Thorin is crushed, and turns to Bilbo in rage when the hobbit reveals that he gave Bard the treasure. Thorin is about to turn violent, but one of the messengers throws off his cloak and reveals himself to be Gandalf.

The wizard commands Thorin to let Bilbo speak. Bilbo claims that, in taking the Arkenstone, he only took his fair share of the treasure, as his contract as burglar had specified. Thorin reluctantly agrees, and he angrily offers to pay a fourteenth part of the treasure to regain the stone, which satisfies the Men and the Elves. Thorin, however, secretly hopes that before they make the exchange, his relatives, who are marching toward the mountain with an army under the leadership of Dain, will be able to capture the stone by force.

The Dwarf army arrives and threaten the Elves and Men, and they are about to engage in battle when darkness takes over the sky from the west. Gandalf tells them that a new danger has come: an army of goblins and Wargs who intend to take the treasure for themselves. The Dwarves, Elves and Men unite against the goblins and Wargs, and the Battle of the Five Armies begins.

The forces of good fight fiercely, but the goblins and Wargs are just as fierce. Bilbo stays on the mountain, removed from the fighting, and watches as the Elves and Dwarves first send the goblins fleeing but then are forced to retreat from the vicious Wargs. Thorin fights alongside the Men as mightily as any. However, the goblins slowly gain ground, and Bilbo is forced to retreat to the Elves’ camp, which is nearly surrounded. The end seems close at hand when the hobbit’s keen eyes spy something in the distant skies: the Eagles are flying toward the battlefield. At that moment, however, a stone falls from the mountain and hits Bilbo on the head, and he loses consciousness.

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Translations around the WorldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die Wolke bars
Albanian Retë ia plasën
Amharic ደመናዎቹ ፈነጠጡ
Arabic انفجر الغيوم
Armenian Ամպերը պայթել են
Azerbaijani Buludlar partlayır
Basque Hodeiak lehertu
Belarusian Cyrillic Аблокі лопнуць
Bengali মেঘগুলো বার্স্ট
Bosnian Oblaci su se rasprsnuli
Bulgarian Cyrillic Облаците се спука
Burmese မိုဃ်းတိမ်တို့သည်ပြင်းစွာတိုက်
Cambodian ពពកបានផ្ទុះ
Catalan L'explosió de núvols
Chinese 云层爆裂了
Croatian Oblaci eksplodiraju
Czech Mraky praskly
Danish Skyerne brast
Dutch De Wolken barsten
Esperanto La nuboj krevas
Estonian Pilved lõhkevad
Filipino Ang mga ulap ay sumabog
Finnish Pilvet repeävät
French Les nuages éclatent
Galician As nubes estouran
Georgian ღრუბლები ადიდებული
German Die Wolken bersten
Greek Τα σύννεφα ξέσπασαν
Gujarati વાદળો વિસ્ફોટ
Hebrew עננים התפוצצו
Hindi बादल फट गया
Hungarian A felhők kitörtek
Icelandic Skýin springa
Indonesian Awan-awan ledakan
Irish Gaelic An Pléasctha na Scamaill
Italian Scoppia il temporale
Japanese 雲がはじけた
Kannada ಮೋಡಗಳು ಸಿಡಿ
Kazakh Бұлттар жарылып кетеді (Cyrillic) Bulttar jarılıp ketedi (Latin)
Korean 구름을 파열
Kyrgyz Cyillic булуттар жарылып
Latvian Mākoņi eksplozijas
Lithuanian Debesys sprogo
Luxembourgish De Wolleken platzen
Malaysian Awan-awan pecah
Maltese L-Fqigħ sħab
Maori Kua pakaru nga kapua
Marathi ढगांनी स्फोट केला
Nepalese बादलहरू फटाउँछन्
Norwegian Skyene sprekker
Persian ابرها پشت سر هم
Polish Chmury pękają
Portuguese As nuvens estouraram
Punjabi ਬੱਦਲਾਂ ਦਾ ਵਿਸਥਾਰ
Romanian Norii au izbucnit
Russian Гроза разразилась
Scottish Gaelic Chaidh na sgòthan a bhriseadh
Serbian Облаци су се распрснути (Cyrillic) Oblaci su se rasprsnuti (Latin)
Sinhalese වළාකුළු පුපුරා ගියේය
Slovak Mraky explodujú
Slovenian Oblaki eksplodira
Somalian Daruurtu way qarxeen
Spanish Las Nubes estallan
Sundanese Méga peupeus
Swahili Mawingu kupasuka
Swedish Molnen brast
Tamil மேகங்கள் வெடித்து
Telugu మేఘాలు పగిలింది
Thai เมฆกระจาย
Turkish Bulutlar patladı
Ukrainian Cyrillic Грянула гроза
Urdu بادل پھٹ گئے
Vietnamese Những đám mây nổ
Welsh Mae'r cymylau'n byrstio
Yiddish די וואלקנס פּלאַצן