A Warm Welcome
A Warm Welcome is the 10th chapter of The Hobbit Following the Dwarves escape from the wood-elves, Bilbo listens to the talk of the raftmen. He realizes they were very fortunate to have escaped the way they did. He sees that the path that Beorn had told them to follow came to a "doubtful and little used end at the eastern edge of the forest." After a while they come to the Long Lake, Bilbo marvels at it's size. They come to Lake Town; a small collection of huts and buildings built on stilts over the water. The ruins of a bigger town could be seen rotting away along the shores. The first Dwarf to be unloaded was Thorin, who was barely alive, and had a look like "a savage look like a dog who that has been chained and forgotten in a kennel for a week." Bilbo instructs him to "slap your arms and rub your legs." When Bilbo knocks on the barrels, only six Dwarves are able to answer. Dwalin and Balin were the worst off. Bifur and Bofur were better off, but wouldn't help. Fili and Kili had a better time of it, and had only a few bruises, but Fili says he hopes he never smells apples again, as his barrels was full of the smell. Bombur was asleep or unconsious. Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, and Gloin were barely alive. They go to Lake Town, where Thorin requests to see the Master of Lake Town. He was feasting at the time and all the Dwarves join him, they were famished with hunger since they didn't eat for several days. They get a warm welcoming, and Thorin, the grandson of Thror, the king under the mountain, is treated as a hero. The Dwarves feelings for Bilbo improved, and they "made a great fuss of him." Bilbo had such a bad cold that his speeches at banquets were limited to "Thag you very buch." After two weeks at Lake Town, Thorin and Co. decide to leave for Lonely Mountain.