The First Awkward Wednesday

“He hung his hooded cloak on the nearest peg, and ‘Dwalin at your service!’ he said with a low bow.

‘Bilbo Baggins at yours!’ said the hobbit, too surprised to ask any questions for the moment. When the silence that followed had become uncomfortable, he added: ‘I am just about to take tea; pray come and have some with me.’ A little stiff perhaps, but he meant it kindly. And what would you do, if an uninvited dwarf came and hung his things up in your hall without a word of explanation?

They had not been at table long, in fact they had hardly reached the third cake, when there came another even louder ring at the bell.

‘Excuse me!’ said the hobbit, and off he went to the door.


The poor little hobbit sat down in the hall and put his head in his hands, and wondered what had happened, and what was going to happen, and whether they would all stay to supper.


A big jug of coffee had just been set in the hearth, the seed-cakes were gone, and the dwarves were starting on a round of buttered scones, when there came a loud knock. Not a ring, but a hard rat-tat on the hobbit’s beautiful green door. Somebody was banging with a stick!

Bilbo rushed along the passage, very angry, and altogether bewildered and bewuthered- this was the most awkward Wednesday he ever remembered.”

-An Unexpected Party, The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien


One thought on “The First Awkward Wednesday

  1. This excerpt of the Hobbit reminds me of Luke 10:38-41 because Martha was in a state of worry instead of being in a party mood 🙂 and after all she was with the one to be most celebrated. Maybe you could say she was bewildered and bewuthered.

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