The Plot in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a captivating tale about unusual creatures, great
struggles, a flying dragon, and much, much more. The story comes alive through colorful
depictions of characters and details that capture the imagination. The plot of this novel is the
dwarves' journey to recapture their homeland. The setting, characters, and trials throughout The
Hobbit help to fully shape this overall theme of the novel.
Throughout The Hobbit the setting is constantly changing from start to finish. There are
six different stages through which the setting evolves. The first stage takes place at the home of
Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo lives in something called a hobbit hole. These homes may look small
from the outside, but are fairly large inside. Hobbit holes are made in the side of small hills. As
Tolkien describes, "It had a perfectly round door . . . the door opened on to a tube-shaped hall
like a tunnel . . . " (1). Down the main hall in the hobbit house are all the same rooms that a
regular home would contain. Some of the rooms in Bilbo's home include, " . . . bedrooms,
bathrooms, cellars, pantries (lots of these), wardrobes (he had whole rooms devoted to clothes),
kitchens, dinning rooms . . . " (Tolkien 1). Besides just food and clothes, hobbits love gardens.
Bilbo has gardens surrounding the front and side of his house, which are tended to every day.
After traveling through Bilbo's house the setting turns toward the Misty Mountains. The Misty
Mountains are an extensive stretch of mountains that serve as a border between Bilbo's home and the forest of Mirkwood. The Misty Mountains is nothing to joke about. Gandalf says, " . . .it is very necessary to tackle the Misty Mountains by the proper path, or else you will get lost inthem, and have to come back and start at the beginning again ( if you ever get back at all)."(Tolkien 46). Once the Misty Mountains have been tackled, the setting continues on to Beorn's
house, who Gandalf states, " . . . lives in an oak-wood and has a great wooden house . . . "Tolkien 115). The area around Beorn's home is decorated with beautiful flowers covered byfriendly bees. Horses and cattle are just a few of the animals that walk in his spacious yard. Upon reaching the gate to enter Beorn's yard there is gardens and a cluster of wooden buildings. The buildings range from " . . . barns, stables, sheds, and a long low wooden house." (Tolkien
117). The last building is Beorn's house, which is mainly one wide hall with a veranda on itssouthern side. Then the setting changes coarse once again and heads toward Mirkwood. Notmany people know of Mirkwood, but those who do know that, " . . . Mirkwood is dark,dangerous, and difficult." (Tolkien 131). The only way to ensure survival through the forest is to
stay on the path. Mirkwood is very dark and gloomy. Almost no light passes through the thickmass of trees that make up the forest. Here,...