Written for Tolkien's own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when first published more than sixty years ago. Now recognized as a timeless classic with sales of more than 40 million copies worldwide, this introduction to Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Wizard, and the spectacular... read more
Bilbo Baggins is just a simple hobbit with interests and needs until good old Gandalf comes around. His adventure begins when Gandalf tricks Bilbo into hosting a party for Thorin's band of dwarves, who sing of reclaiming the Lonely Mountain and its vast treasure from the dragon, and to the... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Bilbo Baggins is just a simple hobbit with interests and needs until good old Gandalf comes around. His adventure begins when Gandalf tricks Bilbo into hosting a party for Thorin's band of dwarves, who sing of reclaiming the Lonely Mountain and its vast treasure from the dragon, and to the Arkenstone of Thrair. Gandalf unveils a map showing a secret door into the Mountain and proposes that the dumbfounded Bilbo serve as the expedition's "burglar." The dwarves ridicule the idea, but Bilbo, indignant, joins despite himself. The group travels into the wild, where Gandalf saves the company from trolls and leads them to Rivendell, where Elrond reveals more secrets from the map. Passing over the Misty Mountains, they are caught by goblins and driven deep underground. Although Gandalf rescues them, Bilbo gets separated from the others as they flee the goblins. Lost in the goblin tunnels, he stumbles across a mysterious ring and then encounters Gollum, who engages him in a game of riddles with deadly stakes. With the help of the ring, which confers invisibility, Bilbo escapes and rejoins the dwarves, raising his reputation with them. The goblins and Wargs give chase but the company are saved by eagles before resting in the house of Beorn. The company enter the black forest of Mirkwood without Gandalf. In Mirkwood, Bilbo first saves the dwarves from giant spiders with his Elven dagger, Sting, and then from the dungeons of the Wood-elves with his magic ring. Nearing the Lonely Mountain, the travellers are welcomed by the human inhabitants of Lake-town, who hope the dwarves will fulfill prophecies of Smaug's demise. The expedition travel to the Mountain and find the secret door; Bilbo scouts the dragon's lair, stealing a great cup and learning of a weakness in Smaug's armour. The enraged dragon, deducing that Lake-town has aided the intruder, sets out to destroy the town. A noble thrush who overheard Bilbo's report of Smaug's vulnerability reports it to Bard, who slays the Dragon. When the dwarves take possession of the mountain, Bilbo finds the Arkenstone, an heirloom of Thorin's dynasty, and steals it. The Wood-elves and Lake-men besiege the Mountain and request compensation for their aid, reparations for Lake-town's destruction, and settlement of old claims on the treasure. Thorin refuses and, having summoned his kin from the mountains of the North, reinforces his position. Bilbo tries to ransom the Arkenstone to head off a war, but Thorin is intransigent. He banishes Bilbo, and battle seems inevitable. Gandalf reappears to warn all of an approaching army of goblins and Wargs. The dwarves, men, and elves band together, but only with the timely arrival of the eagles and Beorn do they win the climactic Battle of Five Armies. Thorin, on his deathbed from wounds, reconciles with Bilbo. The treasure is divided, but, having little desire for it, Bilbo refuses most of his share. Nevertheless, he returns home wealthy.
“"My armour is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws are spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!"”Smaug to Bilbo
“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”Gandalf
“"It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him."”Narrator
“I am like a burglar that can't get away, but must go on miserably burgling the same house day after day.”Bilbo Baggins
“You are a fine person, Mr. Baggins ... but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!”Gandalf
“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something....You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
“You don't really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed by mere luck, just for your sole benefit?”Gandalf speaking to Bilbo
“What shall we do, what shall we do! Escaping goblins to be caught by wolves!” he said, and it became a proverb, though we now say “out of the frying-pan into the fire” in the same sort of uncomfortable situations.”Bilbo Baggins
“Roads go ever ever on, over rock and under tree, by caves where never sun has shone, by streams that never find the sea;”Bilbo Baggins
I. An Unexpected Party
II. Roast Mutton
III. A Short Rest
IV. Over Hill and Under Hill
V. Riddles in the Dark
VI. Out of the Frying-Pan into the Fire
VII. Queer Lodgings
VIII. Flies and Spiders
IX. Barrels Out of Bond
X. A Warm Welcome
XI. On the Doorstep
XII. Inside Information
XIII. Not at Home
XIV, Fire and Water
XV. The Gathering of the Clouds
XVI. A Thief in the Night
XVII. The Clouds Burst
XVIII. The Return Journey
XIX. The Last Stage
p. 47 – Also he would have liked to have a few private words with with these people that seemed to know his NAME and all about him, although he had never seen them before.
p. 53 – It was a hard path and a dangerous path, a crooked way and a lonely and a long WAY.
p. 101 – Loud CRIES TO the Lord of the Eagles, to whom Gandalf had now spoken.
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