- That is why I settled on burglary-especially when I remembered the existence of a Side-door. (Gandalf, ch. 1)
- I see now they must have had a private Side-door which only they knew about. (Thorin, ch. 1)
- After all there is the Side-door, and dragons must sleep sometimes, I suppose. (Mr. Baggins, ch. 1)
The door is also called "secret door", "hidden door", "enchanted door" or simply "the door", but never "back door".
Actually, in The Hobbit there is a "back-door", but it is the goblin-gate through which Mr. Baggins (and before him Gandalf & the dwarves) escaped from the goblins' caves. Gollum, chasing the tricksy thief, says: "It's off to the back-door. To the back-door, that's it." (ch. 5) Later, counting openings in the tunnel, he says to himself: "This is it. This is the way to the back-door, yes. Here's the passage!" (ch. 5). The narrator uses the name, too: "The rest we all know - except that Gandalf knew all about the back-door, as the goblins called the lower gate, where Bilbo lost his buttons." (ch. 6). Here appears another designation of this particular goblin-gate, "the lower gate".
So, should we change the name of this article to "Side-door" preferring the text of The Hobbit? --Tik 20:04, 26 November 2013 (UTC)