In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and 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.
The Hobbit centres around a protagonist, Bilbo Baggins, who lives with other hobbits in a peaceful hobbit town. However, his normalcy is shattered when the wizard Gandalf arrives. Gandalf convinces Bilbo that the great treasure of Thorin has been taken by the dragon Smaug and needs to be taken back. With Bilbo being the only one who can do this, Gandalf convinces him to set out with 13 militant dwarves with this mission.
Along the way, the group encounter many obstacles; however, they continuously come out on top with the help of Gandalf and quick thinking. Gandalf does not only prove that he is a great wizard, but also very sagacious. They needed to find a place to camp for the night but they spot a fire in the clearing. There were three trolls sitting around the fire eating mutton. Bilbo was sent off by the dwarves to complete his first task as their 'burglar'. The trolls spot them and so they tie all the dwarves up and Bilbo and they plan to roast them and then eat them. Gandalf comes to their rescue and reveals the sunlight to the trolls and they turn to stone.
The climax heightens as Gandalf leads the group through a series of tunnels in a mountain, but Bilbo lost them and he had to try and find the way out for himself. Wandering through the tunnels, Bilbo finds a golden ring lying on the ground, so he picks it up and puts it in his pocket. Not long after that, he encounters Gollum, the creature who lives in a cave and eats anything to survive. Gollum also wants to eat Bilbo , and the two of them have a contest of riddles to determine Bilbo's fate. Bilbo wins by asking ''What have I got in my pocket?'' Yet, despite winning, Gollum tries to eat Bilbo anyway as when Gollum was looking fir his 'precious', he couldn't find it so he suspected that Bilbo had stolen it. His 'precious' was the very golden ring that Bilbo had found in one of the tunnels. Bilbo realised that this ring had possessed Gollum's mind and it makes the wearer invisible. Knowing this, Bilbo put on the ring and he used it to help him escape without being seen.
When he finally exits the tunnels, he finds that Gandalf and the dwarves had already escaped. But evil wargs (huge wolf-like creatures) are chasing them. Bilbo manages to keep up with them. Just then, the great eagles swoop down and fly them to safety. The eagles were friends of Gandalf and Gandalf was the one who called them to rescue them.
After that ordeal, they enter a forest called Mirkwood. There Gandalf abandons them again to attain to urgent business. Again, the group are captured by huge spiders but Bilbo manages to kill some of them without being seen thanks to the ring. Soon they are captured by a group of elves but Bilbo manages to escapes and slips the dwarves into barrels which he floats across the river.
The dwarves end up in Laketown, a human settlement neat to where the great dragon, Smaug, sleeps with the treasure they seek to reclaim. It is here where the group meet a man called Bard who was willing to help them to reclaim their home and treasure and so he armed them with weapons. The Master of Laketown thought that Bard was a man who was up to no good and was fond of him so spies all around the town kept a watchful eye on Bard and his house. Bard was spotted helping the dwarves and they were introduced to the people of Laketown. Thorin gave a speech to persuade the people and the Master to let them try to kill the evil dragon, Smaug and they agreed. Now the final test is waged. Bilbo enters the dragon's lair and finds that he has one weakness: a spot near his heart which would be fatal if hit. When Smaug came to seek the treasure, a man tried to hit the dragon with the bow and arrow which had left a mark. Sending word to a human archer in the town, aim is taken and the monster is killed, but not before the fire-breather destroys the human town. To make restitution, the humans agree to split the reclaimed treasure, however, Thorn denies them and causes a war. Just as things are looking dismal, Gandalf reappears and sets matters right.
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