In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.
By J.R.R. Tolkien
An Unexpected Party
A Short Rest
Bilbo is enjoying his pipe outside his front door when an old man with a long cloak and staff arrives. After the old man introduces himself, Bilbo recognises him as the wizard Gandalf who created spectacular fireworks displays on holidays in Hobbiton, but Bilbo still looks on the old wizard with a suspicious eye. When Gandalf asks Bilbo if he is interested in going on a n adventure, Bilbo declines and quickly excuses himself. He invites the wizard to join him for tea sometime but only so as not to seem rude in reality as he wants nothing to do with Gandalf and his adventures. When the doorbell rings the next afternoon, Bilbo assumes it is Gandalf. To his surprise, a dwarf named Dwalin pushes past him and promptly sits down to eat. Soon, other dwarves start to arrive and Bilbo's neat little home becomes crowded with dwarves. At this, Bilbo begins to get annoyed. At last, Gandalf arrives with the head dwarf, Thorin. The thirteen dwarves and the wizard nearly clean out Bilbo's pantry before finally settling down to discuss their business. It soon becomes clear that Gandalf has volunteered Bilbo to be a 'burglar' for the dwarves on their adventure. Bilbo protests and the dwarves decide that the soft little hobbit isn't the right person for their adventure. The wizard then takes out a map of a great mountain and points to a mysterious secret entrance a door to which Gandalf had given the key to. Bilbo demands some clarification about the point of the expedition. Thorin explains that his grandfather, Thror, mined the mountain shown on the map and discovered a wealth of gold and jewels. Thror then became King Under the Mountain, but his fantastic treasure attracted unwanted attention. Before long, the dragon Smaug came and killed or scattered all of Thror's people. The dragon has been guarding the treasure ever since. Thorin and the dwarves are out to reclaim their rightful kingdom.
Suddenly they see what looks like the light of fire in the distance. They move closer to investigate it, and Bilbo is sent ahead in his first official task as a burglar. As he approaches a clearing in the woods, Bilbo sees three huge trolls sitting around a fire, eating mutton. Bilbo tries to make off with one of the trolls' money purses, but they hear the noises and grab him. Trolls will eat just about anything but they are short-tempered and dull-witted. They proceed to fight about how they will interrogate Bilbo. The commotion attracts the dwarves, who come to the clearing one at a time. The trolls stop fighting just long enough to hide in the trees and throw a sack over each approaching dwarf. Soon they have everyone tied up. The trolls decided to cook the dwarves immediately but then a vice, which sounded like one of the trolls, started an argument and the trolls started to argue again. Whilst the trolls are fighting, Gandalf sands on the cliff and bangs it with his staff so the sunlight comes shining through and the trolls turn to stone. Gandalf had been the one who had been throwing his voice into the argument and had mislead them. Gandalf released Bilbo and the dwarves. Searching nearby, the found the trolls' cave and a number of well-wrought weapons.
Out of the Frying-Pan and into the Fire
As the company set off that morning, Gandalf explains that he has checked the road up ahead to the last safe stop along their way. This stop is Rivendell, a city of elves located just beyond the Edge of the Wild, near the foothills of the Misty Mountains. As the company approach Rivendell, a number of elves approach them and invite them in to eat and rest. During their stay, they meet Lord Elrond, the great elf chief, who is as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of the dwarves and as kind as summer. Lord Elrond can interpret ancient runes or markings, found on the company's new weapons and on Thorin's map of the mountain. On Thorin's map, Lord Elrond can read the moon-letters (writing that is only visible in the light of the moon in the proper phase) that describe how to find the secret entrance in the Lonely Mountain. Now the dwarves have had plenty to eat and have had lots of rest, they are ready for the road ahead.
Luckily, the company manage to advance upon the Misty Mountains. Suddenly, a violent storm broke out, forcing them to stop travelling and find shelter. Luckily, Fili and Kili find a cave on the side of the mountain. In the middle of the night, Bilbo wakes up with a start. Suddenly, the floor cracked and everyone woke up and fell through the crack. Below them were goblins. The goblins carried the dwarves and the hobbit down into the mountain to a huge chamber where the Goblin King sat. The goblins searched them and found that Thorin was carrying the Goblin-cleaver which is a well known sword to all goblins. All the goblins get into a rage, especially the Goblin King. Suddenly, the torches lighting the cavern go out and the great fire in the middle of the chamber throws sparks onto the goblins. Then a voices guides the captives out of the cavern. It is Gandalf who leads the dwarves through the passages and deeper into the mountain. The goblins follow quickly after them, and one of them quickly catches up with the dwarf Dori. Bilbo was getting pushed around and suddenly fell off the cliff and strikes his head on the ground. He is unconscious. When Bilbo regained his consciousness, he couldn't see anything as it was very dark. Feeling around on the floor, Bilbo came across a ring, which he put in his pocket. He had no idea where the rest of the company were or in which direction the exit lies. Picking the path he feels he had been walking on with the dwarves, he soon came across an underground lake. There, he discovered a strange creature named Gollum. When Gollum saw Bilbo wandering around, lost, he is interested and a bit hungry at the same time so he approaches the hobbit. Bilbo brandishes his sword when he hears Gollum's hissing voice. Gollum did not want to contend with the sword so he proposed a riddle game. If Gollum's riddle stumped Bilbo, then Gollum would eat Bilbo but if Bilbo won over Gollum, then Gollum would have to show Bilbo the way out of the mountain. Bilbo had no choice but to agree to his proposal so they began to ask each other riddles. In the end, Bilbo won with a bit of trickery. Referring to the ring he had found, Bilbo asked 'What have I got in my pocket?'. Gollum could not answer the riddle. Gollum, however, would not let his meal get away so easily. He goes too his little island in the middle of the lake to get his 'precious', a golden ring that makes you invisible if you wear it and this was the very ring that Bilbo had found. Unable to find the ring, Gollum suspects that Bilbo had stolen it and so he runs at him in a rage. Luckily, Bilbo managed to slip on the ring and Gollum runs right past him. Realising the power of the ring, Bilbo follows Gollum, who heads the exit as he thinks that Bilbo is ahead of him. When Gollum gets near the exit, he stops because there are goblins crowding around it. Bilbo leaps over him, runs past the goblins unnoticed thanks to the ring ,and just about gets through the exit and get a breath of fresh air.
Fleeing from the goblins (still invisible), Bilbo sees the dwarves with Gandalf and they were wondering if they were going to leave without him. The hobbit slips of the ring and surprises everyone and explains how he made his way out of the mountain but he didn't tell them about the ring. Gandalf told the company to get moving again since only the sunlight could keep the goblins away from them. Whilst walking, they suddenly hear the howling of wolves and they barely have any time to scurry up into the trees before the wolves descend upon them. The beasts are wolf-like creatures called Wargs. The wargs are allies of the goblins and they quickly notify the goblins of the situation. Gandalf prepares to attack the goblins, hoping to kill as many as he can before they kill him. Fortunately, the Lord of the Eagles had seen this commotion from his roost high in the mountains. With a number of other eagles, they swoop down and fly the dwarves, the hobbit and Gandalf to safety. The eagles are friends of Gandalf and enemies of the goblins. They are happy to provide food and rest for the travellers, who then continue with their journey.
Gandalf tells Beorn that he has been travelling with some friends and so Gandalf calls the dwarves and Bilbo over. Beorn said he doesn't like dwarves very much, but since these dwarves have been fighting goblins, they're welcome to stay with him. Gandalf carries on explaining what has happened to them whilst on their travels. Bilbo was quite impressed that Gandalf had managed to convince Beorn to accommodate such a large group, especially since Beorn usually turns away visitors. However, Gandalf doesn't tell Beorn that the dwarves are trying to reclaim their home. Beorn leads the group into his hall where he feeds them and tells them dark stories of the forest, Mirkwood, through which Bilbo and the dwarves must travel through. Beorn's story makes everyone feel nervous about their journey that lies ahead. That night, as Bilbo was falling asleep, he wondered if Beorn had had transformed into a bear yet and intended to kill his guests, but he puts this thought out of his head and falls asleep. The next morning, Bilbo finds Gandalf, who explains that he found bear tracks outside leading towards the woods from where the eagles had saved them. Beorn gives them provisions, including bows and arrows and sends them off to Mirkwood, and gives them crucial guidance to stay on the path and not to lose it. The group approached Mirkwood Forest and let their ponies go as they would not be able to travel through the forest. Gandalf announces that he is leaving them so he can attend to other business. Gandalf reminds them that the only way to reach their destination is to go through Mirkwood; the only alternative would involve travelling near goblins and the Necromancer. Gandalf leaves Bilbo and the dwarves and reminds them not to go off the path. The group enter Mirkwood and begin their most dangerous part of their journey.
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