Guide to The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit/Chapter 2
Chapter 2 of the Hobbit - Roast Mutton
Plot[edit | edit source]
Biblo wakes up late after the visit by Gandalf. He is surprised and relieved that the dwarves have left. He is eating breakfast when Gandalf comes and takes him to Green Dragon Inn, where the dwarves are waiting for him. They start. By the time dusk approaches, the whole company is tired, hungry, ready to camp, and annoyed at Gandalf’s mysterious disappearance earlier in the day.
Suddenly, they see fires in the distance. Bilbo is sent forward as his official role of Burglar. He goes forward and sees a clearing. Three trolls are sitting around a fire, eating a mutton. He tries to steal one of the trolls' money purse but they hear and catch him. Despite being dull-witted, they will eat anything and discuss what to do.
The commotion attracts the dwarves, who come to the clearing one at a time. The trolls stop fighting just long enough to hide in the trees and throw a sack over each approaching dwarf. Soon, they have everyone tied up except Bilbo, whom they’ve forgotten. The trolls decide to cook the dwarves immediately, but then a voice, which sounds like one of the trolls, starts an argument, and the three trolls start fighting again. The argument continues until morning. When sunlight strikes them, they freeze - sunlight turns trolls into stone.
Gandalf then steps triumphantly into the clearing. He had been throwing his voice to mislead the dwarves and to keep the trolls arguing until morning. He and Bilbo release the dwarves, who are shaken but otherwise unharmed. Searching nearby, they find the trolls’ cave and a number of well-wrought weapons, which they take as payment for their pains.
Analysis[edit | edit source]
The company faces the first real challenge to their journey. This would indicate that the further they go, the more challenging the obstacles get.
Questions[edit | edit source]
- How did Bilbo react to the dwarves not being there when he woke up?
- How did Bilbo get caught by the trolls?
- What did they find in the troll cave? What did they do with what they found?
- What were the trolls arguing about when Bilbo arrived?
- What kept the trolls arguing until dawn?
Characters[edit | edit source]
Main Characters[edit | edit source]
Other Characters[edit | edit source]
Mentioned Characters[edit | edit source]
Locations[edit | edit source]
Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]
In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Bilbo goes to the trolls when their ponies are taken. Fíli and Kíli force him into it and leave him behind. Bilbo tries to steal a knife from the Trolls' pocket which leads to his capture. Later, Kíli arrives with the rest of the Company to rescue Bilbo.
Translations around the World[edit | edit source]
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Albanian||Rosto Mish deleje|
|Arabic||لحم ضان مشوي|
|Armenian||Տապակել ոչխարի միս|
|Belarusian Cyrillic||смажаная бараніна|
|Bulgarian Cyrillic||Агнешко печено|
|Catalan||Carn de xai rostida|
|Cebuano||Inasal nga karne|
|Filipino||Inihaw na karne ng tupa|
|French||Grillade de mouton|
|Georgian||წვა ცხვრის ხორცი|
|Greek||Ψητό αρνίσιο κρέας|
|Haitian Creole||Fè woti mouton|
|Indonesian||Panggang daging kambing|
|Irish Gaelic||Caorach Rósta|
|Kazakh Cyrillic||Қуырдақ қой еті|
|Kurdish||Bijartin Beyindir ? (Latin)|
|Kyrgyz Cyrillic||куйкалануу койдун|
|Latvian||Cepta aitas gaļa|
|Macedonian Cyrillic||Печена Овчо месо|
|Malay||Panggang Daging kambing|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||Шарсан хонины мах|
|Romanian||Friptură de oaie|
|Scottish Gaelic||Caoraich Ròsta|
|Serbian||Печење овца (Cyrillic) Pečenje ovca (Latin)|
|Sinhalese||රෝස් මැට්න් ?|
|Somalian||Dubid Beertu ?|
|Turkish||Kızarmış koyun eti|
|Ukrainian Cyrillic||Печеня з баранини|
|Uzbek||Қовурилган қўй гўшти (Cyrillic) Qovurilgan qo'y go'shti (Latin)|
|Vietnamese||Thịt cừu nướng|