Comprehension Questions for the PROLOGUE – BOOK
ONE: CHAPTER I, A LONG-EXPECTED PARTY
- From what year
and what event are all dates of the shire-reckoning calculated? (Answers at
- How did the
hobbits come to settle the Shire?
- Where was
Frodo raised, and how did he come to live with Bilbo Baggins?
- What do the
hobbits mean by “filling up the corners”?
- What are
Bilbo’s “three purposes” for gathering his 144 guests at his birthday
- Why does Bilbo
want to go away?
BOOK ONE: CHAPTER II, THE SHADOW OF THE PAST –
CHAPTER III, THREE IS COMPANY
- How does Frodo
learn of the Enemy and the rebuilding of the Dark Tower in the Land of Mordor?
- Who is Saruman the White?
- What has
Gandalf been doing during the seventeen years following Bilbo’s
- Who was
Sméagol, and who has he become?
- Why does Frodo
so readily agree with Gandalf’s advice that he go to Rivendell?
- Why does Gildor say to Frodo, “I name you Elf-friend”?
LINKs or Story
Answers for the PROLOGUE – BOOK ONE: CHAPTER I, A
- About this
time legend among the hobbits first becomes history with a reckoning of
the years. For it was in the one
thousand six hundred and first year of the Third Age that the Fallohide brothers, Marcho
and Blanco, set out from Bree; and having
obtained permission from the high king at Fornost,
they crossed the brown river Baranduin with a
great following of Hobbits. They
passed over the Bridge of Stonebows, that had been built in the days of the power of the North Kingdom, and they took all the land beyond to dwell in, between the river
and the Far Downs. All that was
demanded of them was that they should keep the Great Bridge in repair,
and all other bridges and roads, speed the king’s messengers, and
acknowledge his lordship.
Thus began the Shire-reckoning, for the
year of the crossing of the Brandy-wine (as the Hobbits turned the name) became
Year One of the Shire, and all later dates were reckoned from it.
(From Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of
the Rings Page four.)
- At once the
western Hobbits fell in love with their new land, and they remained there,
and soon passed once more out of the history of Men and of Elves. While there was still a king they were
in name his subjects, but they were, in fact, ruled by their own chieftains
and meddled not at all with events in the world outside. To the last battle at Fornost with the Witch-lord of Angmar
they sent some bowmen to aid the king, or so they maintained, though no
tales of Men record it. But in that
war the North Kingdom ended; and
then the Hobbits took the land for their own, and they choose from their
own chiefs a Thain to hold the authority of the
king that was gone.
(From Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of
the Rings Page five.)
- He grew up in
Buckland until his parents drowned; Bilbo then adopted him and raised
- Full of good food and drink (wine). Page 28
- “That I am
immensely fond of you all, and that eleventy-one
years is too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable
hobbits.” “Secondly, to celebrate
my birthday… Our birthday…” “…,the anniversary of my arrival by barrel at Esgaroth on the Long Lake…” (From Lord of the Rings,
Fellowship of the Rings Page 29 and/or 30)
- He needs a Holiday, he feels
thin, sort of stretched. (Reasons
better explained later in the story.) Page 32 or there abouts.
Answers, BOOK ONE: CHAPTER II, THE SHADOW OF THE
PAST – CHAPTER III, THREE IS COMPANY
- Gandalf tells
- Chief of
Gandalf’s order and head of the Council.
investigating the ring and its path to Bilbo, putting the pieces together
to figure out a riddle…
that lived by the banks of the Great River on the edge
of Wilderland, he becomes Gollum.
- Frodo knows
that the Shire is in danger because of him.
- It is the only
help he can give at this time, he is going to pass the word that Frodo is
an ally of the Elves. (This is my
guess if you have a better idea of the meaning send me an email with the answer.)