Another short chapter sees the return of the narrative voice of my grandfather, skipping trivial details (he's not wrong, this narrator, it's lots more fun and more to talk about besides when things are all going to hell) to get to even more of the stuff I enjoy and hints about the next trials to come. Stoked. :D
The shrieking whistle of the kettle. I always loved it. It's odd, because Nan always says that it reminds her of a train and I never ever think of trains when I hear it. I think of the kitchen. Tarbish at the table. Tea biscuits. I can see why Bilbo would miss it. I miss it. I was on the phone with my grandparents one day and I heard the kettle go and nothing before or since has made me that kind of homesick. Can't wait to recover enough to get back there.
So I was wrong about Elrond; he's a guy, not a place. Right about Rivendell though, sort of, so go me! Elrond is, if I'm getting this right (the language is a little topsy turvy in this bit) a half-elf and lord of the elves, which is interesting. So the party descends at Gandalf's direction into a secret valley of musical elves (and I need to ask about something in a moment) ruled by a half-elf. Curious detour. Elrond, master of reading runes, uses Identify (he totally did) to name what must be two magic swords. This is, of course, completely awesome. We have magic swords. Orcrist, the Goblin-Cleaver (+1 goblinoid bane?) and Glamdring, the Foe Hammer and Women's Magazine. What? It says Glam right there. Oh fine. +2... something. I say +2 because Gandalf is more awesome than Roaring Boring Thorin. g. Look I'm sure Thorin's a fine fellow but so far all he's done is been a bad guest, griped about having to get a job and planned to imperil 12 friends and a complete stranger in a bid to get rich quick over the small matter of DRAGON AND ASSOCIATED NECROMANCER you're an idiot Thorin and no two ways about it. Back on track, me.
We've gone from April to June in three chapters, and now I feel we've been set a time limit with the moon-letter message about Durin's Day. I saw the bit about the sunlight and the keyhole and thought right away of Raiders, the temple room. Repeated adventure motifs; I wonder if Raiders borrowed from this book? Anyway, the more important part of the visit with Elrond, at least coming up, is the warning about goblins. We're going to run into goblins up the mountains, aren't we? I mean, it's basically been telegraphed at this point, especially with Thorin having just found out he has a goblin bane sword. I'm very curious to see what The Hobbit's goblins are like.
I believe I mentioned before that I need a serious vocabulary lesson after each chapter, but I've got an issue here that I need explained in the comments as soon as possible, please: "faggots?" I'm sure it doesn't mean what I think it means, but holy smokes was that ever jarring to see in the middle of a cheerful little poem thing. So if someone could explain that one to me it would be great. On a sort of related note, I'm thinking next chapter I might keep a pad with me and jot down the words I don't know to ask you all about.
Elves weren't quite what I'm familiar with. There's a bit more of the fairy to them than I was expecting, all songs and ridiculousness with implied serious... relevance, I guess? beneath it. Wondering how that boils down, especially with talk of a fallen elf kingdom where magic swords were made. There continues to be more and more to like in this book, and I can't wait to read more. :D