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The Hobbit

The Hobbit

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Published by: Keith Sutherland on Feb 26, 2008
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Keith SutherlandMs. Cook English II, Period IV16 December, 2007The HobbitCharacters: Bilbo Baggins belongs to a race of creatures called hobbits which are about half the size of humans, beardless and with hairy feet. He lives in the side of a hill called a hobbit-hole in the Shire. Living in solitude, he is drawn to the comforts of home and food. He doesn’tlike to travel but is curious. He is very old-fashioned and enjoys smoking out of his tobacco pipe.He can often appear very selfish at times. Gandalf is a good wizard who has powers beyondthose of other characters. He is a very wise and polite old man who towers over his companionsin height. He guides the travelers and rescues them from Trolls, Goblins, and Wargs. He is the protector of Bilbo and the Dwarves. He convinces Bilbo to go on the quest and gives him thecourage to take on Smaug the dragon.Plot:The plot includes the external conflict of regaining possession of the dwarvestreasure hoard which is guarded by Smaug. The dwarves recruit Gandalf who in turn tries torecruit Bilbo. Not wanting to leave the comfort of his house, he refused the offer. But whenGandalf and the Dwarves pass by his house in the morning he couldn’t resist. They begin their  journey over the mountains to Lonely Mountain; all fourteen of them. As they travel farther without food their physical conditions worsen. Bilbo is now almost regretting his late decision tocome. They encounter many problems on their way. Trolls capture the dwarves and tie them upwith intent of eating them. Lucky for them, Bilbo and Gandalf come to their aid rescuing themand stealing food and weapons from the trolls. They get separated in the Great Goblin’s cavernleaving Bilbo to fend for himself. He stumbles upon a ring which unexpectedly has powers of invisibility. When he encounters Gollum, a deformed goblin, he uses the ring to escape death.Bilbo finds his way out of the cave and reunites with the others. He uses the ring to rescue theothers when they get captured by elves. Finally reaching Lonely Mountain, Bilbo uses the maphe obtained earlier in his quest to find the door to enter. He sees Smaug the dragon sitting on thetreasure hoard and, despite great fear, engages him in conversation and emerges with a cup hehas stolen from the hoard. At this point, Bilbo becomes, in effect, the leader of the group. He re-enters Smaug’s lair and steals the Arkenstone, the precious gem of the hoard. In a vengeful rage,Smaug comes out of his lair and destroys the town of Esgaroth. Bard, a Lake-town archer, killsSmaug, ending his fury. The Battle of Five Armies begins when everybody finds out that theguard Smaug had been killed. Creatures of all kind loot the treasure causing battle. Bilbo leaveswith Gandalf, Elvenking, and Beorn to go back to the hobbit-lands and the Shire. When Bilboarrives home, he finds that his house and its contents are being auctioned, because he is presumed dead. He recovers most of his possessions and leads an eccentric life, sometimesvisited and thanked by his travel companions.Theme:The main theme in The Hobbit is Bilbo’s transformation into a hero, which more broadly represents the development of a common person into a hero. In the beginning of thestory Bilbo was a loner living single-handedly in his little cozy hobbit-hole. He did not look 

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