The Tolkien Road

A podcast about Middle-earth and all things Tolkien.

0165 – The Hobbit – Ch17 – The Clouds Burst

Concerning “A Thief in the Night”, from Arkenstone arrangements to Bolg’s battalions…

If you like The Tolkien Road, you can support us for only $1 per episode via Patreon!

Topics discussed (chapter discussion begins at 11:00)…

  • Negotiating the Arkenstone
  • Gandalf Revealed / Bilbo Rebuked
  • An Ugly Truce / Dain Arrives
  • The Dwarves Spring / The Battle Is Joined
  • The Battle of the Five Armies / Bolg?
  • The Battle Plan
  • Order of Battle
  • The Eagles
  • Haiku
  • Correspondence

Other items discussed…

John’s books…

For more on this episode and The Tolkien Road podcast, please visit or Also, follow us on Twitter via @TolkienRoad.

Please send correspondence to

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Get The Tolkien Road

It will help you…

  • Grasp the book’s complex structure.
  • Become familiar with key plot points.
  • Visualize the changing world with simple maps.
  • Deepen your appreciation of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.