The Hobbit Essay

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Part 1- Book Summary As the first chapter begins, the main character Bilbo Baggins is introduced. He seems to be a rather normal hobbit, your average Joe, as humans would refer.One morning, Bilbo becomes acquainted with the wizard, Gandalf. He offers Bilbo a chance on an adventure, but somehow Bilbo finds himself inviting Gandalf for tea the next day.Next morning, Bilbo is surprised to find a dwarf at his door. Thirteen dwarves in all arrive. Thorin, the dwarves' leader, explains to Bilbo the story of their quest, as explained in a fragment of their song."Far over the misty mountains grim To dungeons deep and caverns dim We must away, ere break of day, To win our harps and gold from him"(p.28)! Long ago, Thorin's grandfather reigned over the Lonely Mountain, and became known as the King Under the Mountain. The dwarves became rich, and the nearby town of Dale was also known to be wealthy. One day, it was all taken from the dwarves by the evil dragon Smaug. Smaug came to take into his possession the wealth of the dwarves and also destroyed the town of Dale.Bilbo, after their conversation, though quite frightened, decided to join the adventure, being considered the lucky number, fourteen.The journey begins. Shortly after their adventure begins, the dwarves spot trolls up ahead. Bilbo, known as the burglar, feels as if it is his job to steal goods to fulfill the needs of the dwarves. Bilbo was caught by the trolls, which lead to the capture of the remaining company. Before the trolls have a chance to make the dwarves their supper, Gandalf, for the first of many times, came to their rescue. Using a voice much like one of the trolls, called aloud, "Dawn take you all, and be stone to you"(p.51)! At that moment, light began to rise from beneath the hill, and the trolls turned to stone.Gandalf then lead the dwarves to the Valley of Rivendell, the home of the elves. The group is lead to the house of Elrond, the elf king. Elrond asks to see Thorin's map of the lonely mountain, for the company did not fully understand it. Thorin had received the map from Gandalf, who had received it from Thorin's grandfather, the former King Under the Mountain.As Elrond looked at the map, he realized that the reason the company could not understand the map was because the map consisted of moon letters; letters that are written with a silver pen, and may only be seen by the light of the moon. The hidden moon letters described the location of the secret entrance to the lonely mountain. Elrond read aloud, "stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks, and the setting sun with the last light of Durin's Day will shine upon the keyhole"(p.62).The next morning, with the new knowledge of their adventure, "˜they rode away amid songs of farewell and good speed, with their hearts ready for more adventure'(p.63).After their stay in Rivendell, the group began their long climb into the Misty Mountains. No trouble had yet come their way, until one day, when a great...

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