A Short Rest is the third chapter of J.R.R Tolkien's The Hobbit.

Synopsis Edit

Gandalf, Bilbo, and the Dwarves arrive at Rivendell and stay for a fortnight. Elrond studies the swords that the party has collected from the troll cave, and tells Gandalf that they are ancient Elvish weapons, and also discovers Moon-letters written upon Gandalf's map.

Plot Edit

The Company continues to travel towards the Lonely Mountain, but without story-telling nor songs. Bilbo notices a mountain and asks if it is the Lonely Mountain, but Balin replies otherwise, saying they are approaching the Misty Mountains.

As they travel, trees change to beech and oak, and Bilbo notices the scent of Elves. They hear a group singing among the trees. Some of the Elves recognize Bilbo and welcome the Company, but others tease Thorin, as Dwarves and elves don't always get along. Gandalf dismisses the laughing Elves and continue their way into Rivendell.

The Company arrives at the Last Homely House, where Elrond greets them. He tells Gandalf and Thorin about their swords found back in the trolls' cave. Orcrist was made in Gondolin and was called the Goblin-cleaver while Glamdring was called the Foe-hammer, and was used by the king of Gondolin. Elrond tells them that the trolls might have plundered the swords. Thorin decides to keep Orcrist, so that it may cleave Goblins once again.

Lord Elrond asks for the map and gazes long at it. He remarks that the letters in the map are moon-letters, letters that cannot be seen unless the light of the moon shines behind it. Elrond translates the message in the map as: "Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks and the setting sun with the last light if Durin's Day will shine upon the keyhole." Durin's day is the first day of the Dwarves' new year (the first day of the last moon of Autumn on the threshold of Winter).

When no more messages are found in the map, Elrond gives it back to Thorin. The next day, the Company leaves Rivendell and head towards the Misty Mountains.

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Portrayal in adaptations Edit

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Company are chased by Warg-scouts and Gandalf leads them to safety. The Warg-scouts, on the other hand, are hunted and killed by the Elves of Rivendell, led by Elrond himself. Lindir welcomes the Company as Elrond provides food and shelter for them. Galadriel is also present, along with Saruman, who are there for the meeting of the White Council.

Songs and Verses Edit

  1. Down in the Valley

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans 'N Kort Rus
Albanian Një Pushim i shkurtër
Amharic አጭር ዕረፍት
Arabic استراحة قصيرة
Armenian Մի կարճ հանգիստ
Azerbaijani Qısa bir istirahət
Basque Atseden laburra
Belarusian Cyrillic Кароткі адпачынак
Bengali একটি সংক্ষিপ্ত বিশ্রাম
Bosnian Kratak odmor
Bulgarian Cyrillic Кратка почивка
Cambodian ការសំរាកខ្លី
Catalan Un breu descans
Cebuano Usa ka mubo nga pahulay
Chinese 短暂的休息
Corsican Un breve Resto
Croatian Kratki odmor
Czech Krátký odpočinek
Danish En Kort Pause
Dutch Een Korte Rust
Esperanto Mallonga ripozo
Estonian Veidi puhkamiseks
Fijian E dua na ivakavakacegu lekaleka
Filipino Isang maikling pahinga
Finnish Lyhyt lepo
Galician Un pequeno descanso
Georgian მოკლე დასვენება
German Eine kurze Rast
Greek Μια σύντομη ανάπαυση
Gujarati એક ટૂંકું રેસ્ટ
Hebrew מנוחה קצרה
Hindi एक छोटा आराम
Hungarian Egy Rövid pihenő
Icelandic Stuttur hvíldur
Indonesian Istirahat pendek
Italian Un breve riposo
Japanese 短い休息
Kannada ಎ ಶಾರ್ಟ್ ರೆಸ್ಟ್
Kazakh Қысқа демалу (Cyrillic) Qısqa demalw (Latin)
Korean 짧은 휴식
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Кыска эс алуу
Laotian ການພັກຜ່ອນສັ້ນ
Latvian Īsu pauzi
Lithuanian Trumpą pertrauką
Luxembourgish Eng kuerz Rescht
Macedonian Cyrillic Краток одмор
Malay Rehat yang pendek
Malayalam ഒരു ചെറിയ വിശ്രമം
Maltese Mistrieħ qasir
Marathi अल्प विश्रांती
Mongolian Cyrillic Богино амралт
Nepalese छोटो विश्राम
Norwegian En Kort Rast
Persian استراحت کوتاه
Polish Krótki odpoczynek
Portuguese Um descanso curto
Romanian O Scurtă pauză
Russian Передышка
Serbian Кратак одмор (Cyrillic) Kratak odmor (Latin)
Sindhi هڪ مختصر آرام
Slovak Krátky oddych
Slovenian Kratkem počitku
Somalian A Nasasho Gaaban
Spanish Un breve riposo
Swedish En Kort paus
Tajik Cyrillic A истироҳати кӯтоҳ
Tamil ஒரு குறுகிய ஓய்வு
Telugu ఒక చిన్న విశ్రాంతి
Thai การพักผ่อนสั้น ๆ
Turkish Kısa bir istirahat
Ukrainian Cyrillic Короткий відпочинок
Urdu ایک مختصر باقی
Uzbek Қисқа дам (Cyrillic) Qisqa dam (Latin)
Vietnamese Một phần còn lại ngắn
Xhosa Ukuphumla okufutshane
Welsh Weddill byr
Yiddish א קורץ מנוחה