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Queer Lodgings

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The Hobbit chapters
  1. An Unexpected Party
  2. Roast Mutton
  3. A Short Rest
  4. Over Hill and Under Hill
  5. Riddles in the Dark
  6. Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire
  7. Queer Lodgings
  8. Flies and Spiders
  9. Barrels Out of Bond
  10. A Warm Welcome
  11. On the Doorstep
  12. Inside Information
  13. Not at Home
  14. Fire and Water
  15. The Gathering of the Clouds
  16. A Thief in the Night
  17. The Clouds Burst
  18. The Return Journey
  19. The Last Stage

Queer Lodgings is the 7th chapter of The Hobbit.


It is morning in the Eagle's Eyrie and Bilbo Baggins wakes up[1]. Soon, fifteen Eagles safely carry Thorin and Company (including Bilbo and Gandalf) to Carrock. Bilbo is frightened of the flight and the Eagle carrying him attempts to cheer him up.

Once the Eagles leave, the company descends to a small cave at the bottom of the Carrock and plan their next move, and they are saddened to hear that Gandalf will leave them in a few days; however he intended to find Somebody he knew when he visited that region again, some years ago. Then they bathe and dry their clothes under the midday Sun and cross the ford.

On their way Gandalf tells them that this important person in Beorn, a skin-changer, who is generally kind, but gets angry easily and he becomes appalling then. Gandalf explained that he is no furrier (as Bilbo misunderstood) and eats only cream and honey, not eating his animals.

It was the middle of the afternoon before they came to patches of flowers, and Bilbo sees huge bees, at the edge of his bee-pastures. After a while they come to a belt of tall ancient oaks, and then a high thorn-hedge. Knowing that Beorn would not like a band of travelers coming to his home, Gandalf suggests that a pair of Dwarves should follow him at an interval of five minutes (Bombur would come last) and goes with Bilbo to find the gate.

As they opened the gate and went down, some horses, trotted up across the grass and looked at them intently, then galloped to the buildings to tell Beorn of their arrival. They found Beorn in a courtyard, with a wooden house with two long wings, and a great oak-trunk in the middle. He held an axe and the horses were beside him.

Gandalf introduced himself and Bilbo, and mentioned his cousin Radagast whom Beorn might know. He said that after their encounter with the goblins, they are without luggage and way, and in need for help. He brought them inside and passing a large hall with a hearth in the middle, they sat in a veranda looking to the south.

Gandalf's narration

  • Gandalf started narrating his adventure, mentioning their arrival from the mountains "with a friend or two", on which remark Beorn wondered who the others were. With his signal, Thorin appeared followed by Dori. Beorn recognized Thorin as the grandson of Thrór and expressed his distrust of Dwarves.
  • He then went on mentioning that he accompanied them on their way to visit the land of their fathers beyond Mirkwood. They were crossing by the High Pass (south of Beorn's lands) and then mentioned the storm, the giants and the attack of the goblins in a cave where they and 'several of their companion' sought refuge. On Beorn asked about the number of companions, Nori and Ori came.
"...there is much else that may be told." — Glóin
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  1. According to calculations by Andreas Moehn, the date is July 13 of T.A. 2941