The Hobbit: Overview & Review

The Hobbit:

Overview & Review

CHARACTER INTRODUCTION

BILBO BAGGINS: The Hobbit who led the Dwarves
to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim their treasure from the dragon Smaug.

He found the One Ring in Gollum's cave

GANDALF: The Wizard that accompanies Bilbo
and the dwarves on their quest. He is well versed in magic spells and often
calls upon them to save his comrades.

THORIN OAKENSHIELD: Son of the King of

Dwarves who were driven from the Lonel y Mountain by Smaug. With the aid
of Gandalf and Bilbo he seeks regain his trea sure and the throne. When

Smaug died he truly became King under the Mountain, t hough he was killed
in combat in the battle of five Armies.

SMAUG: The dragon of the Lonely Mountain
who hordes the treasure he stole from the dwarves of Dale.

GOLLUM: He is perfect example of the evil
powers of the One Ring. He was born a Hobbit but had the ring too long.

It made him into a slimey little creature who only lives to possess the
ring.

BARD: The archer who killed Smaug. He shot
the dragon in the one spot it had no protection. The towns people later
considered him a hero. What the people didn't know it was Bilbo who discovered
the weak spot in the dragon's iron scales.

BEORN: An enemy of orcs, he becomes friends
with Bilbo and Gandalf. He has th e ability to change forms from human
to bear. It is he who determines the outco me of the battle of five Armies.

STORY SUMMARY

The book begins with Bilbo Baggins enjoying
a pipe after breakfast. Th is is one of his favorite pleasures and he feels
quite content in doing so. He is middle-aged, and resides in a clean warm
burrow in the ground.

One morning Gandalf, a wizard stops by
to chat with Bilbo. He informs Bilbo that he is looking for someone to
go on an adventure with him. Although Bilbo is tempted he declines, but
not before inviting Gandalf for tea the next morning.

The next day Bilbo hears his doorbell and
he recalls inviting Gandalf for tea, but instead of the wizard at the door,
there is a group of dwarves... thirteen in all.

Thorin son of the dwarf king starts to
outline a plan on how to regain the tr easure stolen by the dragon Smaug.

Bilbo is shocked to realize these plans involve him! He then realizes that

Gandalf has tricked him by inscribing on his doo r that he was a burglar
seeking a job with lots of excitement. With all this talk of quests and
glory Bilbo decides to join the party after all.

Gandalf reveals a key and a map of their
journey which ends at the Lon ely Mountain. It is there that the treasure
of Thorin's ancestors are kept-guar ded by Smaug.

The quest begins and the party meets at
the Green Dragon Inn. From there they venture into the Lone-lands. As heavy
rains begin to fall, Bilbo notice s that Gandalf is missing. When it starts
to pour they stop to investigate a light. There Bilbo finds three trolls
grumbling about food.

Bilbo decides to live up to title of burglar
and attempts to pick one of the trolls pocket. However they quickly capture
him. The dwarfs see what's going on and try to save poor Bilbo... yet all
of them except Thorin is caught. Thorin formulates a plan of freeing them
but fails.

Gandalf returns and occupies the trolls
till dawn, then the turn into stone. They group take the two swords and
a knife the trolls were carrying.

The travelers come across the Secret Valley.

There they stop at Elrond 's Last Homely House. Elrond tells them the only
way to use the key that Thorin possesses is to wait where the thrush knocks
and the setting sun will shine up on the keyhole.

The next morning the group heads toward
the Misty Mountains. A storm has caused them to seek shelter in a cave.

The cave however turns out to be an entrance to the goblin kingdom. Once
again the group is captured. Only Gandalf is free, and he slays the Goblin

King, and once again free the party from impend ing doom.

During the escape Bilbo is knocked unconscious
and is left behind. He awakes to find himself power which makes it's wearer
invisible - the ring which Bilbo found.

Bilbo slips the ring upon his finger and
disappears. He follows Gollum stealthily toward the entrance to the outside
world. He then bounds over Gollu m's head to freedom. Outside he is reunited
with his dwarf friends. Later they encounter Wargs (large