The Hobbit

The Hobbit The Hobbit tells the story of a comfortable, friendly creature named Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo, like most hobbits, is similar to a human, but about half the size, and much more nible because they have leathery soles on thier feet, and not nearly as loud. Bilbo gets caught up in mysterious affairs much greater than his own hobbit-life affairs when, at the recommendation of a mysterious old wizard named Gandalf, he is hired as a burglar by a group of dwarves. These dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, son of Throror, son of Thrain are going to the Lonely Mountain in the East to reclaim their family’s massive treasure from the great dragon Smaug who lives deep in the bowls of the lonely mountain. Along the way, the company gets into trouble with goblins who live in the misty mountains, spiders who live in Mirkwood forest, and other destructive and harmful creatures, and they often escape only because of the assistance of Gandalf and other good creatures they meet.

Bilbo proves himself essential to the quest, saving the dwarves on many occasions with his valor and skill. His success is partly due to a magic ring that he takes from a strange, dark creature named Gollum, who lives in the dank, dark caves below the Misty Mountains. Gollum is clammy and slimy and he refers to his ring as my precious. Bilbo even manages to discover Smaug’s weak spot, the bare area under his ear, which allows the dragon to be killed and the treasure divided. However, the dwarves cannot enjoy the gold alone, since it lures humans and elves, some of whom have a just claim to a portion of it. Thorin’s unwillingness to share the treasure almost leads to war between the dwarves and the elves and humans, but instead war is forced upon all of them by the goblins and wargs (wild wolves).

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All the good races(dwarfs, men, elves, eagles, and Dain’s soldiers) are thus forced to unite against their common enemies. They succeed in defeating the evil creatures, but at the cost of the life of Thorin and many others. After the battle, the good races enjoy the treasure in peace rather than fighting over it. Bilbo, weary but happy to have played a part in great affairs, returns to his quiet home at Bag End in the Shire. Because of his unhobbit-like adventures, he is never really accepted back into the community of Hobbiton. Though Tolkien’s world is one of fantasy, he designed it to reflect certain truths about the real world.

The Hobbit addresses the problem of determing the right way for a hobbit to live, not what society tells us to do. Should he or she concern himself with great deeds and wars, and risk losing the humble perspective afforded by the simple life? Or should the ordinary person never look outside his or her own quiet existence, and risk ignoring the larger perspective that might have allowed him to do great things for the common good? The truth that emerges from The Hobbit is that, if one is called on to play a part in great affairs–as we all are, at least according to Tolkien’s Christian perspective–then one should not shirk one’s duty. To perform that duty well, however, one must never lose sight of one’s own insignificance in the larger scheme of things, nor lose respect for the value of the simple life. Book Reports.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit The Hobbit By J.R.R. Tolkien, published by Ballantine Books in 1937, 304 pages. The Hobbit is a book that shows that even the most unlikely person, or hobbit can turn out to be a real hero. In the book, Bilbo gets caught up in an adventure that will later change his life. In the beginning Bilbo Baggins ran into an old acquaintance, Gandalf, a wizard, who he had met many years earlier at festivals, in which Gandalf made fireworks with his magic. Bilbo and Gandalf talked for a while and Bilbo being the kind hobbit he was invited him for tea the next day.

The next day at about the time Bilbo had expected Gandalf he heard a knock at the door, but when he opened the door it was in fact not Gandalf but a little dwarf the dwarf introduced himself and let himself in. After that many dwarves followed, in fact 9 more had come to the little hobbit’s doorstep. Then finally after all the dwarves had made themselves comfortable he heard another wrap at the door, and sure enough it was Gandalf along with 3 other dwarves. That night Gandalf and the dwarves spoke of adventure and of dragon’s gold that had once belonged to the leader of the dwarves father. They also spoke of an adventure they were about to embark on, and then they turned to Gandalf and asked what of the 13th member of the party. Gandalf spoke up and said, My, the one I have chosen is the burglar Mr.

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Baggins. Bilbo did not seem pleased he had no need of adventure, even though he was secretly intrigued, but more so he was very frightened. After a bit of discussion Bilbo agreed to go and they all went to bed. When morning came Bilbo found no one in his hobbit hole, and it is needless to say that he was pleased, yet he was also a bit disappointed. Then he found a note from Gandalf on the Mantle telling him to meet them at the inn.

So he did and his adventure had begun. Many conflicts transpired during their trip to the lonely mountain where the dragon lay with their gold. Those involving many fights, traps, dark forests, and having to deal with creatures like trolls, goblins, elves, spiders, and many others. In one such conflict Bilbo found a magic ring that allowed him to become invisible. When they finally reached the lonely mountain they had to find a secret door, which led to a secret entrance into it.

Because it wouldn’t be very wise to enter through the front door of a cave inhabited by a dragon. When they found it, they had to decide who would sneak in there and see if the dragon was there. And who did they choose but poor Bilbo who had already bailed them out of many bad incidences already. When he went in he noticed that the dragon was nowhere in sight, so he did what any burglar would have done he grabbed the biggest gold thing he could find. He then took it back to the dwarves they were overjoyed. But they forgot one thing that even though the dragon may not be there he was not going to stay gone for long.

When the dragon came back he noticed that there was something missing from his beautiful treasure. He was outraged, and with dragons keen sense of smell he knew that the thieves were still there. Later that night Bilbo slipped on his ring and snuck down to where the dragon was and spoke to him and told him who he was in a round about sort of way. By this the dragon sensed where he had come from and he went to where the lake men lived to destroy the village. Days past and the party had not heard nor seen the dragon.

So Bilbo again snuck down to the cave and inspected and he did not see the dragon, but he did see something that struck his fancy a very large diamond and he knew that this must be the heart of the mountain that he heard the dwarves speak of so often, he was so intrigued by its beauty that he decided to keep it for himself. So he stuck it in his pocket and called for the dwarves. They all came down and were struck with awe at the sight of the treasure, But they did not forget the dragon this time so they armed themselves with weapons and put on armor and got ready for a battle. Meanwhile the dragon had already been killed by a very brave man, Bard, who was already on his way to claim his part of they treasure so that he could rebuild his kingdom that had also been taken by the dragon in the past. But the party saw them and they had other plans they wanted to keep this treasure for themselves, well all except for Bilbo, which had no problem with sharing. As time went on the dwarves barricaded themselves in the mountain and Bard had pleaded with the leader of the dwarves to just give him a share since he was the one who killed the dragon, but he still refused because he had grown greedy and he was still upset because he could not find his heart of the mountain.

Meanwhile the word the dragon’s death had spread far and wide until it reached the goblins and when they heard of it they headed toward the mountain to claim the treasure. A war was brewing that no one quite knew the extent of, well not yet anyway. Back at the mountain, Bilbo was growing quite tired of this endless argument between Bard and the dwarves. So that night he snuck out and went to Bard and he told him what was going on and he gave him the ‘heart as a bargaining chip to get the leader to give. When he found out what Bard had he was outraged and called Bard a thief and asked how he got it and Bilbo spoke up and told him he gave it to him. The leader called him a traitor and threw him out.

As time went by they all saw the goblins coming their way and they all prepared for battle. The war went on for a long time and they all came out victorious over the goblins. The leader received a mortal wound and his dying words were apologizing to Bilbo and he called him a true friend. I thought this book was wonderful it was a story that could be an inspiration to many people that want to achieve what they think is impossible. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a book with adventure and a good story line. Book Reports.

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