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middle-earth-map109th July, 2941 [The Hobbit]

  • The company shelters in the mountain cave

“It seemed quite a fair size, but not too large and mysterious. It had a dry floor and some comfortable nooks. At one end there was room for the ponies; and there they stood (mighty glad of the change) steaming, and champing in their nosebags. Oin and Gloin wanted to light a fire at the door to dry their clothes, but Gandalf would not hear of it. So they spread out their wet things on the floor, and got dry ones out of their bundles; then they made their blankets comfortable, got out their pipes and blew smoke rings, which Gandalf turned into different colours and set dancing up by the roof to amuse them.”

[The Hobbit, Chapter 4: Over Hill and Under Hill]


10th July, 2941 [The Hobbit]

  • The company is captured by the goblins, escapes, and Bilbo is knocked out


10th July, 3018 [The Lord of the Rings]

  • Gandalf arrives in Isengard to consult Saruman
  • Saruman tries to corrupt Gandalf
  • Gandalf imprisoned in Orthanc by Saruman


11th July, 2941 [The Hobbit]

  • Bilbo awakes in the goblins’ cave and walks downward


12th July, 2941 [The Hobbit]

  • Bilbo finds the One Ring and escapes from Gollum and Goblin-town
  • The company is surrounded by the wolves and rescued by the eagles

“He guessed as well as he could, and crawled along for a good way, till suddenly his hand met what felt like a tiny ring of cold metal lying on the floor of the tunnel. It was a turning point in his career, but he did not know it. He put the ring in his pocket almost without thinking; certainly it did not seem of any particular use at the moment.”

[The Hobbit, Chapter 5: Riddles in the Dark]

“This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.”

[The Hobbit, Chapter 5: Riddles in the Dark]


13th July, 2941 [The Hobbit]

  • The company fly to the Carrock on the eagles and later meet Beorn
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