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The Hobbit Essay

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Title The Hobbit Author J. R. R. Tolkien Setting Tolkien presents us with a fantasy world of his own creation: Hobbiton, Middle Earth, possessing its own races, languages, and geography. This world is connected to our own, though hobbits "have become rare and shy of the Big People," and thus limit their magical presence. Middle Earth is paralleled to our own Earth as it existed millions of years ago, when the continents had very different forms. Thus, Tolkein's world is more mythological than fantastic; though imaginary, it is connected with reality.Characters Hobbits are like people, but shy and half the size of a man. Most have thick hair on their feet, round bellies, and a taste for a comfortable, peaceful life. The Hobbit chronicles the journey of five such creatures: Bilbo Baggins, the hero of the story, is in constant struggle between his heritage. Throughout the story, he seeks adventure from his Took side, but favors being a Baggins that revels in the simple pleasures of comfort.Gandalf is a wise old wizard who always seems to know more than admits, but has a fair command of magic that manifest just at the moment when it is most needed.Thorin Oakenshield is the leader and the grandson of Thror, the great King under the Mountain who last held the treasure. He is a proud, purposeful, and sturdy warrior, if a bit stubborn at times.Gollum, a strange, small, hunched-over creature, lives deep in the caves of Moria beneath the Misty Mountains. There, he broods over his "precious," a magic ring.Smaug, the great dragon that lives in the Lonely Mountain, heard of the treasure that the dwarves had amassed in the mountain under Thror's reign and drove them away to claim the gold for himself. His flaming breath can scorch a city, his huge wings can carry him great distances, and his armor-like hide is almost impenetrable.Summary The Hobbit begins simply: "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." The hobbit in particular is named Bilbo Baggins, and his "hole" is actually a very comfortable residence known as Bag End. Bilbo, calm and satisfied, gets caught up in affairs much greater than his own hobbit-life 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, are going to the Lonely Mountain in the East to reclaim their family's treasure from the great dragon Smaug. Along the way, the company gets into trouble with goblins, spiders, and other malevolent 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...

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