Guided Reading Work: The Hobbit - A Child's Guide To

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Year FiveGuided ReadingWork: The HobbitThese worksheets are based on the Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. As such, you willneed a copy of The Hobbit, a dictionary and a pen or pencil as well as thisbooklet to complete your work.

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitAn Unexpected Party (1)Copy and complete the following:In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, ,wet hole, filled with the ends of and an oozy smell, nor yeta dry, , sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat:it was a hobbit-hole, and that means .Answer the following questions as sentences:1.Use a dictionary to find the meaning of the following words:2.i.Pantriesii.devotediii.portholeList the rooms that the Hobbit had in his hobbit-hole.3. Which side of the hobbit-hole had the best rooms and why wasthis?4.How does the author describe a hobbit?5.What were the names of Bilbo's mother and father?2

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitAn Unexpected Party (2)1. On page five Tolkien states, ".but the fact remains that theTooks were not as respectable as the Bagginses, though they wereundoubtably richer." Why were the Tooks not as respectable andwhy do you think they were richer?2. In the second paragraph on page five, the words, Hill andWater have capital letters. Why do you think this is?Copy and complete the following:If you had heard only a of what I have heard about him,and I have only heard very little of all there is to hear, you would beprepared for any sort of tale. Tales and adventuresup all over the place wherever he went, in the mostfashion. He had not been down that way underThe Hill for and ages, not since his friend the Old Tookdied, in fact, and the hobbits had almost forgotten what he lookedlike. He had been over The Hill and across The Water onbusinesses of his own they were all small hobbit-boys andhobbit-girls.3. Was Bilbo interested in taking part in an adventure? Find threepieces of evidence in the text to support your answer.4.How does Gandalf introduce himself to Bilbo?3

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitAn Unexpected Party (3)Look at page 91.What did Gandalf do to Bilbo's front door?2. What evidence is there on page 9 to suggest that Bilbo did nothave a very good memory?3.In what order did the dwarves arrive at Bilbo's house?4. Onomatopoeia means a word that sounds like the sound it istrying to describe. What example of onomatopoeia can you findon page 12?Copy out the following passage filling in the correct words from the book on page 13.Bilbo along the passage, very angry, and altogetherbewildered and bewuthered - this was the mostWednesday he ever remembered. He pulled open the door with a, and they all fell in, one on top to the other. Moredwarves, four more! And there was Gandalf behind, leaning on hisstaff and laughing. He had made quite a on the beautifuldoor; he had also, , knocked out thesecret mark that he had put there the morning before.Draw a picture of the dwarves eating at Bilbo's House. Try to use evidence from the text to makeyour picture more realistic.4

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitAn Unexpected Party (4)Look at pp18-191.What is the rhyming pattern of this poem?2.How many syllables are there on each line of each verse?3. The poem gives away the nature of their quest. What is theirquest?4. What do the following words mean? (You may use a dictionaryto find ed5.Copy out the poem as handwriting practice.6.Why do you think the caverns are now dim (final verse)?7.Who is "him?"5

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitRoast MuttonCopy and complete the following:"Don't be a fool, Bilbo Baggins!" he said to himself, "thinking ofdragons and all that nonsense at your age!" So heput on an apron, lit fires, water, and washed up. Thenhe had a nice little breakfast in the kitchen before turning out thedining room. By that the sun was shining; and the front doorwas open, letting in a warm spring breeze. Bilbo began toloudly and to forget about the night before. In fact he was justsitting down to a nice little second in the dining room bythe open window, when in walked Gandalf.1.Alliteration is when a group of words begin with the samesound. Find an example of alliteration on page 36.2.On page 37, it says, " What his father Bungo would havethought of his, I daren't think." Who is the I in this sentence?3.What was the main difference between Bilbo and the dwarvesin terms of his appearance?4.Which two dwarves shared the same idea as Bilbo when itcame to food and mealtimes?5.Find three pieces of evidence in the text to suggest that theOgres were not very intelligent.6

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitA Short Rest1. What reason did Gandalf give for taking the correct routethrough the misty mountains?2.Who was expecting the travellers?3.How did Bilbo feel about the elves?4.On page 60, what advice does Tolkien give to budding authors?Copy and complete the following:I wish I had time to tell even a few of the tales or one or twoof the songs that they heard in that house. All of them, theas well, grew refreshed and strong in a few days there.Their clothes were as well as their bruises, their tempersand their hopes. Their bags were filled with food andlight to carry but strong to bring them over the mountain passes.Their plans were with the best advice. So came tomidsummer eve, and they were to go on again with thesun on midsummer morning.5.Find two pieces of evidence that Gandalf liked the elves.6. An adjective is a word that describes an object, a person oranimal or an idea. Find ten examples of adjectives in this chapter.7

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitOver Hill and Under HillCopy and complete:All was well, until one day they met a thunderstorm - more than athunderstorm, a . You know how terrific a really bigthunderstorm can be down in the and in a river-valley;especially at times when two thunderstorms meet andclash. More terrible still are thunder and lightening at night, whenstorms come down from the East and West and make war. Thelightening on the peaks, and rocks , andgreat clashes split the air and go rolling and tumbling into every caveand ; and the darkness is filled with overwhelmingnoise and sudden light.1.Find some evidence in the text to suggest that Bilbo was feelinghomesick.2.Personification is a type of metaphor where animals orinanimate objects are given human traits or described as doingsomething that humans do. What piece of personification isused in the passage above to describe the rock?3.What came from the back of the cave?4.What happened to the horses?5.Why did the Great Goblin give a yell of rage when he wasshown Thorin's sword?6.What were the names of the swords of the dwarves?8

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitRiddles in the Dark1. Why was Bilbo unsure of whether he had opened his eyes ornot?2.What was 'precious?'3. What reasons did the author give for Bilbo not wanting to wadeinto the underground lake on page 84?4.Where did Gollum live?5.What bet did Bilbo make and what were the prizes?6.What was the answer to the riddle that Bilbo got by pure luck?7.What did Gollum keep in his own pockets?8.When had Gollum found the ring originally?9. On page 105, what word does the author use to suggest thatthe door was slightly open?Draw a picture of Bilbo getting out of the door.9

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitOut of the Frying Pan into the FireCopy and complete the following passage:He stopped and listened. It did not sound like goblins; so he creptforward . He was on a stony path windingdownwards with a wall on the left hand; on theother side the ground sloped away and there were dells below thelevel of the path with bushes and low trees. Inone of these dells under the people were talking.He still nearer, and he saw peeringbetween two big a head with a red hood on: it wasBalin doing look-out. He could have clapped and shouted for joy, buthe did not. He had still got the ring on, for fear of meetingsomething and unpleasant, and he saw that Balin waslooking straight at him without noticing him.1.Use a dictionary to find the meaning of the word, 'dell.'2.On p109, what word does the author use to indicate that Bilbowas feeling happy?3.On p111, the author uses parentheses (brackets). Why does heuse them?4.On p115, the author uses the saying, 'Out of the frying pan intothe fire.' What does he mean by this?5.On p123, what are the 'birds' that are referred to in the goblins'song?10

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitQueer LodgingsCopy and complete:"Good-bye then, and really good-bye!" said Gandalf, and he turnedhis horse and rode down into the West. But he could not resistthe to have the last word. Before he had passedquite out of he turned and put his hands to his mouthand called to them. They heard his voice come :"Good-bye! Be good, take care of yourselves -and DON'T LEAVE THEPATH!"1.In the extract above, give two reasons why the author put,"DON'T LEAVE THE PATH!" in capital letters.2.On p131, what word did the author use to show that the valleysand hollows twisted and where intermingled with the peaksand pinnacles?3.Find three clues to suggest that Bilbo was scared of heights.4.What was the name of the rock upon which the eagles left thetravellers?5.What was the name of Gandalf's cousin?6.Whose help did the travellers seek?7.Describe Bombur.8.What told the travellers that Gandalf was going to leave them?11

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitSpiders and Flies (1)Copy and complete:They walked in single file. The entrance to the path was like a sort ofarch leading into a gloomy tunnel made by two great trees that leanttogether, too old and with ivy and withlichen to bear more than a few leaves. The path itselfwas narrow and in and out among the trunks. Soonthe light at the gate was a little bright hole far behind, and the quietwas so that their feet seemed to alongwhile all the trees leaned over them and .As their eyes became used to the dimness they could see a little wayto either side in a sort of darkened green . Occasionallya slender beam of sun that had the luck to in throughsome opening in the leaves far above, and still more luck in not beingcaught in the tangled boughs and twigs beneath,stabbed down thin and bright before them. But this was seldom andit soon ceased altogether.Read p163 and then answer the following questions:1.What words remind us of a snake?2.What words suggest the idea of someone being murdered?3. What words does the author use to suggest that the wood wasdifficult to walk through?4. With what is the sunlight being compared and what words tellsus this?5.Can you identify an example of personification?12

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitSpiders and Flies (2)Read through the chapter and then copy out the sentences below in the order in which theyhappened in the chapter.Since it did not fall down again, they saw that it must have stuck inthe branches.This was their state when one day they found their path blocked by arunning water.Quickly, they flung a rope with a hook towards him.Fili thought he could; so when he had stared a long while to get anidea of the direction, the others brought him a rope.There were black squirrels in the wood.Bilbo's eyes were nearly blinded by the light."Who'll cross first?" asked Bilbo.Still Bombur slept and they grew very weary.And sometimes they would gleam down from the branches justabove him; and that was most terrifying.1.On p173, why did the author put the phrase, "Black Emperors"in speech marks?2.What was the name of Bilbo's sword and on what page does ittell you about him naming it?3.What name did the spiders hate being called?4.Think of five words to describe the chapter, Spiders and Flies.13

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitBarrels out of Bond1.For each word in the list below, make up a sentence whichincludes it:2.i.staggeredii.slippediii.sprangiv.swiftOn p199, Tolkien says, "There the great beeches came rightdown to the bank, till their feet were in the stream."i.What were the beeches?ii.Of what is the second clause an example?3.What do you think the elven-king is like? Find three examplesin the text to support your hypothesis (theory).4.What gave Thorin hope that they might be able to escape?5.What plan did Bilbo come up with in order to allow the dwarvesto escape?6.What was the name of the town where the dwarves ended upand who lived there?14

Guided Reading Work: The HobbitA Warm WelcomeCopy and complete:The day grew lighter and warmer as they floated along. After a whilethe river rounded a steep of land that came downupon their left. Under its rocky like an inland cliff thedeepest stream had flowed and bubbling. Suddenlythe cliff away. The shores . The trees .Then Bilbo saw a sight:The lands opened wide about him, filled with the waters of the riverwhich broke up and wandered in a hundred winding , orhalted in and pools dotted with isles on every side; but stillthe strong water flowed on through the midst. And faraway, its dark head in a torn cloud, there loomed the mountain!1."The shores sank. The trees ended." These are two very shortsentences. Why do you think the author chose to write thesesentences in this way?2.Put the following in order:Others took up the song and it rolled loud and high over thelake.The rotting piles of a greater town could still be seen along theshores when the waters sank in a drought.At the end of the fortnight Thorin beg