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Great House

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Great House
Physical Description
LocationNext to the central pool in Lake-town
DescriptionA great hall erected on piles driven into the Long Lake
General Information
DestroyedLate T.A. 2941
EventsAttack of Smaug

The Great House[1] was the hall of the Master of Lake-town. It was located next to the central pool within the town and like the other buildings stood upon wooden pilings driven into the bed of the lake.[2] In T.A. 2941[3] Thorin and Company entered the Great House where there was a feast in progress. Although the Master was skeptical of Thorin's claims, the Dwarves were welcomed by the people of Lake-town.[2] The building was later smashed by the tail of Smaug when he descended upon the township.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "Fire and Water"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, "A Warm Welcome"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"