Guide to The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit/Chapter 3

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Chapter 3 of The Hobbit - A Short Rest


The company continues on. Bilbo and the dwarves approach the Misty Mountains. Sensing danger, Bilbo thinks of home. Gandalf wanrs that they are at the edge of Wild. They can stay in Rivendell with their friend Elrond in Rivendell. Arriving, they are greeted by singing elves. Bilbo loves elves, but learns that dwarves and elves are traditional enemies. This manifests in Bilbo's companions' decision to decline of the elves' invition to supper.

The group arrives at the house of Elrond, a wise and hospitalble elf. Elrond is joyful people have come. They stay 2 weeks until midsummer, eating, singing, and telling tales.

Elrond indentifies the sources of their swords as come from dragon plunder or the Goblin-wars and translates their runes: Gandal's sword is named Glamdring and Thor's sword is named Orcrist. Elrond also interprets the moon-letters on Thorin's map, letters that can be seen by the light of a moon as the way it was written. The letters tell the reader to stand by a stone near a thrush and the setting sun of Durin's Day will shine on a key-hole, a secret entranceway to the Lonely Mountain. Thorin, Durin's heir, explains that Durin's Day is the first day of the dwarves' New Year.

The next day, the dwarves pack up and leave toward the Misty Mountains and beyond. Though they are puzzled by the message, the group is in high spirits when they depart from Rivendell. The two weeks of rest has enabled the group to be well-rested.


Chapter 2 and 3 indicate that the further a journey gets, the more difficult it gets.

Elrond assumes an important role as he explains things to the group the significance of the swords they took from the trolls' cave.


Main Characters[edit]

Other Characters[edit]



lair den; refuge or hiding place.

hoard a supply stored up or hidden away.

Goblins grotesque, malicious creatures.

plundered/plunderers to take by force; to rob or loot; those who take by force, rob, or loot.

cleave to split or pass through by cutting.

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Company are chased by Warg-scouts and Gandalf leads them to safety. The Warg-scouts, on the other hand, are hunted and killed by the Elves of Rivendell, led by Elrond himself. Lindir welcomes the Company as Elrond provides food and shelter for them. Galadriel is also present, along with Saruman, who are there for the meeting of the White Council.

Songs and Verses[edit]

  1. Down in the Valley

Translations around the World[edit]

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans 'N Kort Rus
Albanian Një Pushim i shkurtër
Amharic አጭር ዕረፍት
Arabic استراحة قصيرة
Armenian Մի կարճ հանգիստ
Azerbaijani Qısa bir istirahət
Basque Atseden laburra
Belarusian Cyrillic Кароткі адпачынак
Bengali একটি সংক্ষিপ্ত বিশ্রাম
Bosnian Kratak odmor
Bulgarian Cyrillic Кратка почивка
Cambodian ការសំរាកខ្លី
Catalan Un breu descans
Cebuano Usa ka mubo nga pahulay
Chinese 短暂的休息
Corsican Un breve Resto
Croatian Kratki odmor
Czech Krátký odpočinek
Danish En Kort Pause
Dutch Een Korte Rust
Esperanto Mallonga ripozo
Estonian Veidi puhkamiseks
Fijian E dua na ivakavakacegu lekaleka
Filipino Isang maikling pahinga
Finnish Lyhyt lepo
Galician Un pequeno descanso
Georgian მოკლე დასვენება
German Eine kurze Rast
Greek Μια σύντομη ανάπαυση
Gujarati એક ટૂંકું રેસ્ટ
Hebrew מנוחה קצרה
Hindi एक छोटा आराम
Hungarian Egy rövid pihenő
Icelandic Stuttur hvíldur
Indonesian Istirahat pendek
Italian Un breve riposo
Japanese 短い休息
Kannada ಎ ಶಾರ್ಟ್ ರೆಸ್ಟ್
Kazakh Қысқа демалу (Cyrillic) Qısqa demalw (Latin)
Korean 짧은 휴식
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Кыска эс алуу
Laotian ການພັກຜ່ອນສັ້ນ
Latvian Īsu pauzi
Lithuanian Trumpą pertrauką
Luxembourgish Eng kuerz Rescht
Macedonian Cyrillic Краток одмор
Malay Rehat yang pendek
Malayalam ഒരു ചെറിയ വിശ്രമം
Maltese Mistrieħ qasir
Marathi अल्प विश्रांती
Mongolian Cyrillic Богино амралт
Nepalese छोटो विश्राम
Norwegian En Kort Rast
Persian استراحت کوتاه
Polish Krótki odpoczynek
Portuguese Um descanso curto
Romanian O Scurtă pauză
Russian Передышка
Serbian Кратак одмор (Cyrillic) Kratak odmor (Latin)
Sindhi هڪ مختصر آرام
Slovak Krátky oddych
Slovenian Kratkem počitku
Somalian A Nasasho Gaaban
Spanish Un breve riposo
Swedish En Kort paus
Tajik Cyrillic A истироҳати кӯтоҳ
Tamil ஒரு குறுகிய ஓய்வு
Telugu ఒక చిన్న విశ్రాంతి
Thai การพักผ่อนสั้น ๆ
Turkish Kısa bir istirahat
Ukrainian Cyrillic Короткий відпочинок
Urdu ایک مختصر باقی
Uzbek Қисқа дам (Cyrillic) Qisqa dam (Latin)
Vietnamese Một phần còn lại ngắn
Xhosa Ukuphumla okufutshane
Welsh Weddill byr
Yiddish א קורץ מנוחה