The Hobbit - Study Guide Chapter 17 Summary & Analysis

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Bard approaches Thorin to ask again for parley, showing Thorin that he has the Arkenstone in a chest, which we learn in a moment is carried by none other than Gandalf. Thorin is livid. He yells and questions who gave it to Bard. Bilbo squeaks that it was he.

Thorin curses Gandalf for choosing Bilbo and calls Bilbo a descendent of rats. Bilbo replies that he has been of good service and that he took the Arkenstone as his share, as Thorin promised. He tells Thorin to consider that he has disposed of his share of the treasure as he wished.

Gandalf says that Thorin may yet be a good king. Thorin is too mad for this. He throws Bilbo to Bard and Gandalf. He says he will pay Bilbo's share of the treasure to Bard in return for the Arkenstone, even though he immediately starts trying...

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