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The Hobbit 18 | The Return Journey

by Glenn on November 19, 2019

For the second time in this book, Bilbo woke up and was alone. Waking up meant he wasn’t dead, but he was sore from getting hit on the head. He heard someone nearby call out to him and then remembered (…)

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The Bible in Translation | Part Two: “How we got here”

by Glenn on November 19, 2019

I’ve begun thinking about Bible translations. It began not as a thought, but a particular emotion that is hard to define. Perhaps a sense of loss is the closest. I’m trying to get past the vague feeling to try and (…)

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The Hobbit 17 | The Clouds Burst

by Glenn on November 14, 2019

As I near the end of Bilbo’s adventure (just two chapters remain after this one), I haven’t decided if I will watch The Hobbit trilogy. I suppose I should want to because I enjoyed The Lord of the Rings films (…)

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The Bible in Translation | Part One

by Glenn on November 12, 2019

I grew up with the King James Version of the Bible. Somewhere in the 1980’s, I switched to the New International Version, I think simply because of its popularity and readability. I assume the latter had something to do with (…)

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The Hobbit 16 | A Thief in the Night

by Glenn on November 11, 2019

The chapter opens with things in a kind of stasis. Outside the hall, Bard and a group of men and elves have declared a siege on those inside the Mountain. Inside the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield, with his small company of (…)

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The Hobbit 15 | The Gathering of the Clouds

by Glenn on November 11, 2019

The dwarves and Bilbo were in a bit of a predicament. The fourteen of them were sitting high atop The Lonely Mountain in a look-out station. If Smaug came back, they were probably in some trouble. But what do they (…)

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The Hobbit 16 | A Thief in the Night

by Glenn on November 9, 2019

The chapter opens with things in a kind of stasis. Outside the hall, Bard and a group of men and elves have declared a siege on those inside the Mountain. Inside the Mountain, Thorin Oakenshield, with his small company of (…)

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The Hobbit 14 | Fire and Water

by Glenn on November 5, 2019

Up to now, this has been Bilbo’s story. We’ve watched him as he was approached by Gandalf to pursue an adventure and saw how he was lured into it through the music of the dwarves whom he was to serve (…)

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The Hobbit 13 | Not At Home

by Glenn on November 4, 2019

At the end of the previous chapter, the dwarves, at Bilbo’s urging, hustled inside the mountain and shut the door of the secret entrance. It was just in the nick of time. Outside, Smaug, stealthily, was looking for his interlopers. (…)

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The Hobbit 12 | Inside Information

by Glenn on October 31, 2019

Through Bilbo’s patience and reasoning, the company gained entrance into the secret side door of the mountain. Thorin gives a long speech about how “our esteemed Mr. Baggins” has performed well on this adventure but “now is the time for (…)

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The Hobbit 11 | On the Doorstep

by Glenn on October 30, 2019

Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, was compelled by Gandalf, a wizard, to join Thorin Oakenshield and twelve other dwarves in an adventure to retrieve gold that was taken from the dwarves by a dragon, Smaug. They left Bilbo’s home on The (…)

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The Hobbit 10 | A Warm Welcome

by Glenn on October 28, 2019

The basic premise of The Hobbit is leaving comfort to pursue adventure and that, somehow, the latter is better than the former. Perhaps it’s not that big a mystery why that might be so. Something along the lines of “A (…)

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