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The Hobbit - There and Back Again

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By: J. R. R. Tolkein The Hobbit Chapter 2: Roast Mutton Chapter 4; Over Hill and Under Hill Chapter 3: A Short Rest Chapter 1: An Unexpected Party Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit. Most hobbits live in the Shire. So does Mr. Baggins. Hobbits live in hobbit holes.The chapter starts with Bilbo smoking a pipe in front of his house when Gandalf walks up to him. Gandalf asked Bilbo that he was looking for somebody to share in an adventure with. That Wednesday, a knock came at the door, it was two Dwarves; Balin and Dwalin. Over some time, the other Dwarves: Thorin Oakensheild, Gloin, Oin, Ori Dori, Nori, Fili, Kili, Bifur, Bofur and Bombur show up. After Gandalf shows up, they talk about their plan. Their plan is to go on an adventure to steal the treasure of the great Dragon Smaug. For going on the adventure, if they succeed, Bilbo will get one fourteenth of the total profit. They started their adventure before the month of May. After a while of traveling and some bad luck, the company sees a light. When Bilbo goes to investigate, he finds that it is 3 Trolls. He goes to try and pickpocket one of the Trolls but it ended in all of the dwarves and Bilbo getting captured. The Trolls were planning to kill the Dwarves and Bilbo by sitting on them and squashing them. But Gandalf saves them by using his magic to change his voice to confuse the trolls and it delays them long enough so the sun comes out and they die. They then go up to the Troll's cave and find weapons, food, the Elvish swords Glamdring and Orcrist and an Elvish dagger which Bilbo names Sting later on in the book. The company next visits Rivendell. This is home to the Elves, their chief is named Elrond. His house is known as the Last Homely House. Elrond desiphers the runes on the two Elvish swords and Gandalf's is Glamdring, and Thorin's is Orcrist. Orcrist and Glamdring are Elvish swords so they glow when an enemy is near. There are moon runes on Thorin's map they translate to "Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks and the setting sun with the last light with the last light of Durin's Day will shine upon the key-hole". After the company's departure from Rivendell, the company decides to stay in a cave at night. They were all sound asleep when they were aroused by Bilbo yelling because they were being captured by Goblins. The Goblins captured all the Dwarves and Bilbo but not Gandalf. Also the Goblins stole and ate their ponies. The Goblins hated the swords Orcrist and Glamdring because they were used in the great war between the Goblins and the Dwarves. The company finds out that Glamdring means "foe hammer" but the Goblins call it Beater. Also, Orcrist means "goblin cleaver" but the Goblins call it Biter. The Goblin king was about to get rid of the Dwarves and Bilbo when Gandalf came and saved them. During their escape, Bilbo gets carried by Bombur and Ori because he couldn't keep up with the group. At the end of the chapter, Bilbo gets grabbed off Dori's shoulders, hits his head on a rock and passes out. Chapter 5: Riddles in the Dark When Bilbo wakes up and walks around, he finds a ring on the floor. He picks up the ring and keeps walking. He soon hears sounds and encounters the creature Gollum. Bilbo askes Gollum to help him out. To find out they play a riddle game. If Bilbo wins, Gollum will show him the way out. If Gollum wins, he gets to eat Bilbo. After many riddles, Bilbo wins by asking, "What is in my pockets?" Gollum finds this unfair but he then goes to his little island to get something. Bilbo waits a little while but then he hears yelling. Gollum was yelling about his lost "birthday present." His "birthday present" is the ring that Bilbo picked up. It has the power to turn someone invisible. Without knowing it, Gollum ends up showing Bilbo the way out because Bilbo was wearing the ring. When Bilbo tries to escape the Goblins see his shadow and start running to the door but Bilbo pushes through, losing his brass buttons in the process. Characters A hobbit is half the
height of a normal person, fat in the stomach, like peace and quiet, like to smoke pipes, like to drink tea and they have hairy toes and leathery soles on the bottom of their feet A hobbit hole is a hobbit's home. A hobbit hole is not a dirty, stinky hole, oh no, its is quite comfy in fact. For "hobbit hole" means comfort. Hobbit holes have round front doors and a very nice interior. The best rooms were on the left-hand side (going in), for these were the only ones with windows. Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Grey, Dwarves: Thorin Oakensheild, Gloin, Oin, Ori Dori, Nori, Fili, Kili, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dwalin, Balin, Trolls: William, Tom and Bill, Goblins, Goblin-king, Bolg, Gollum, Beorn, Smaug, Lake-Men, Wood Elves of Mirkwood, Elvenking, High Elves of Rivendell, Elrond, Spiders, Eagles, Bard, Dain and the Dwarves of the Iron Hills, Wargs, Gandalf is a wizard who is known
for his adventures and his spectacular
fireworks. Chapter 6: Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire After he escaped, Bilbo caught up with the company. They were all sad about losing Bilbo when he stepped out from behind a tree, took off his ring right in the clearing. The Dwarves couldn't believe it. They spent a long while asking him about how he escaped. Afterwards, they continued on. Along the path, Bilbo found some wild strawberries to eat. When the sun was starting to set, the company could hear the evil wolves howling in the distance. The evil wolves are called Wargs. Soon, the wolves come into the clearing and start coming towards the company. The company first plans to escape the wolves by climbing up the trees. Then Gandlaf tried to drive the wolves away by lighting large pinecones on fire and shooting them at the Wargs. Soon the Eagles come by and save the company. Chapter 7: Queer Lodgings After the company leaves the Eagles, Gandalf takes the company to one of his friends: Beorn. Beorn has a temper and isn't used to many visitors so Gandalf sends the group to come in pairs because Gandalf would go first and start telling Beorn their story and when the pairs would start to come, Beorn would just want to hear the rest of the story and the company could come without Beorn getting mad. There is a great rock near his house which he calls the Carrock. One very interesting thing about Beorn is that he has the power to change his skin. His diet contains mostly cream and honey. There are also animals at his house. The animals at his house are much different than normal animals because they work and talk with Beorn. During the feast that Beorn hosts for the company, he tells them that the black stream that runs through Mirkwood is enchanted so that if you were to drink from it, you would become very drowsy and sleepy. He also tells them not to stray from the path. Beorn also lets the company use some of his ponies as long as they promise to send them back when they reach the gate of the Forest of Mirkwood. Before the company enters Mirkwood, Gandalf says that he has business to attend elsewhere and leaves the company. Chapter 8: Flies and Spiders The company was very sad because Gandalf left and things didn't get much better. When they reached the enchanted river, a deer ran by and ended up knocking Bombur in the enchanted river. They keep on, dragging Bombur with them and they soon saw many lights. When they went to check the lights out, it turned out to be the Wood Elves eating, drinking and having a grand feast but when the company stepped into the light, all the lights went out and the Elves disappeared. Then, in all the confusion, a giant spider attacked the company. Bilbo killed the spider and that's when he named his sword Sting. After the company gets themselves back together, they realize that Thorin was captured by the Wood Elves. The Wood Elves did not like Dwarves because there had been wars between the Dwarves and Wood Elves and the Wood Elves accused the Dwarves of stealing their treasure. When Throrin was brought before the Elvenking, he refused to tell him what brought the Dwarves into the Forest. Chapter 9: Barrels Out of Bond The next day, the Dwarves were captured by the Wood Elves. Bilbo wasn't caught because he had his magic ring on. While Bilbo was snooping around to find the Dwarves, he found out that the Wood Elves trade their good with men and the kinsfolk in the south. The body of water that those traders live on is called Laketown. Bilbo had found as way into the Elvenking's palace and got into the wine cellar. The king's butler and the chief guard were down in the cellar to taste the new wine that had come in. The special wine was only for the king's feasts and not for his servants. Bilbo got the guards key by taking them when he passed out from drinking to much of the special wine. Then Bilbo began his plan to help everyone escape. His plan was to get every Dwarf into a barrel and then the elves would unknowingly push the Dwarves down the trapdoors and they would escape. Soon, everyone was packed in a barrel except for Bilbo. At the last second, he grabbed on to the last barrel being thrown down by the elves. Bilbo got off the barrel he was on and walked along the edge of the river, following the Dwarves. He could have been captured pretty easily beacuse of his wet footsteps and he would drip and sneeze. Soon, the Dwarves had floated to a group of Elves that checked the barrels but because they were floating low, they just let them pass on without checking. Chapter 10: A Warm Welcome While Bilbo was waiting for the Dwarves, he was quite excited to see the Lonely Mountain in the distance. Thorin was the first to get out of the barrel and after they were all out, Fili complained of his barrel smelling like apples. Thorin had announced that the King under the Mountain has returned and the townsfolk were all getting excited. They were excited because Thorin was the rightful King under the Mountain so the townspeople were imagining that he was back to kill Smaug and take back the Mountain. Thorin demanded to be brought to their leader: The Master. Back in Mirkwood, the Elvenking had learned of the Dwarves escape and said that no treasure of the Dwarves will go back through Mirkwood without him having a say in the matter and him getting some the gold. The Dwarves received food, clean clothes, a bath and many other necessities. When the company packed up to leave, the Master was happy to see them go because they were expensive to keep and their arrival was like a holiday because there was no work getting done. The only one that wasn't happy about leaving was Bilbo. Chapter 11: On the Doorstep On their way to the mountain, the company passed the city of Dale, which had been charred and ruined. When they reached the Mountain, they located the secret door on the west side of the Mountain. As they were sitting on the doorstep trying to find a way into the Mountain, Bilbo wasn't really thinking of the job at hand. Instead he was thinking of being back in his hobbit-hole and in the Shire. Also, the company was about to face the winter season. They also hope that Gandalf would return. As you will learn, a thrush becomes very important twice in the book. It becomes important now because it tells Bilbo how to open the door, and it is also very important later on. As it turned out, Thorin had the key to open the door. Chapter 12: Inside Information Once the door was open, they all had Bilbo go in to check out the inside. Also, Balin was the only one that volunteered to go in the cave. Bilbo and Balin climbed through the small passage. They eventually came to an opening. It was there that they got their first look at Smaug. Smaug was red-golden in colour and Bilbo stared for a long while. Once he snapped out of it, he creeped to the nearest mound of treasure and grabbed a great two-handled cup and fled. Soon after, while the dwarves were all looking at the cup Bilbo brought back, Smaug woke. We flew out of his lair and went in search of the thief. Quickly, Bilbo ushered everyone into the tunnel because it wasn't safe at all outside. The dwarves got into the tunnel and waited until morning. The next morning, the dwarves spoke with Bilbo about what was to be done. Bilbo said that he still had his ring, so he would go down to check on things at noon. He also said that he'll try to find a weakness when he goes down. At noon, Bilbo went down. He was about to step into the clearing when he saw a small glimpse of Smaug's eye under his eyelid. Bilbo then quickly stepped back. Then, Smaug spoke of his knowing that Bilbo was there. Bilbo kept addressing Smaug in many wonderful names, and Smaug replied with asking who Bilbo was. Bilbo said that he was "Clue Finder", "Web Cutter", "Stinging Fly", "Ringwinner", "Luckwearer", "Barrel-Rider", and "He Who Walks Unseen". Smaug also knew that the dwarves were there because he knows their smell. Smaug asked why they had come, he accused them of coming just for gold, and Bilbo said that they did not come for gold, but for revenge. After he said that, Smaug talked about his killing and no one beating him. In the midst of that, he also showed Bilbo his underbelly where he had his jewels of strength. Except in one place on his left breast. The most important and impressive piece of the treasure was the Arkenstone. That night, Smaug set out to destroy Lake-town because they helped the company get to the mountain. Also, before Smaug departed, he demolished the door and the company was trapped. Chapter 13: Not At Home The company was trapped in the cave for a long while when all of a sudden Thorin spoke. He couldn't take it anymore, he said that he would rather die out in the open by Smaug than suffocate in the dark. Then Bilbo suggested that they should go back down the tunnel. The company agreed and they all went down. When they reached the cave, it was still pitch black but he thought he saw a small glint of white in the gloom. Bilbo stumbled off the step and started towards the treasure. He started climbing up when he found it. The Arkenstone, also known as the Heart of the Mountain. Bilbo then took the Arkenstone. All the dwarves grabbed a torch and started picking up many old treasures and called to each other. Thorin then walked up to Bilbo and gave him his first payment. Thorin gave Bilbo a shirt of mail made out of a silver-steel called mithril. Bilbo thanked Thorin and then he said that he would trade a good number of the gold goblets for something cheering out of one of Beorn's bowls. The company got armed and started to the way out. Once they reached the front gate, they decided that they should have some breakfast and find a safe spot to eat. Balin suggested the old look-out post which was a five hour march. The company was in the cave for two nights and the day since Smaug smashed the door. They then started on Balin's path. They walked for a while then they stopped to rest. They had a breakfast of chiefly cram and water. The company got the cram from the Lake-men. Chiefly cram is biscuitish, keeps good indefinitely and is supposed to be sustaining. Chapter 14: Fire and Water The Lake-men were talking of Smaug because they saw lights and figured it was Smaug when one yelled that Smaug was coming and they went to arms. The captain of the Lake-People was named Bard and he was the rightful Lord of Dale but Dale was destroyed when Smaug attacked and took over the treasure. Bard used a bow made of yew. He was the one who killed Smaug. He knew how to kill Smaug because an old thrush perched on his shoulder and told him how. After Smaug was killed, the Lake-People were mad at the Master because he was trying to escape when Smaug attacked and they really liked Bard but the Master replied with accusing the dwarves of waking Smaug. There was much damage done by Smaug so the Lake-People called upon the King of the Elves of the Wood for help. It took five days for the Elves to arrive. Chapter 15: The Gathering of the Clouds The thrush came to the dwarves to tell them of the news of Bard killing Smaug. The dwarves couldn't understand the thrush so the thrush went to get a raven to give the message to the dwarves. The raven's name was Röac. After Röac gave the message to the dwarves, Thorin decided to send a message to his cousin Dain in the Iron Hills. Another name for Smaug is the Worm of Dread. The dwarves returned to the mountain and not too long after, Bard and the Elves came to the mountain asking for a 1/12 share in the treasure. Thorin wouldn't parley with the Elves because they treated him badly in Mirkwood and the Elves didn't help the dwarves when Smaug attacked in the first place. They kept insisting and in response, Thorin shot an arrow at the speaker. Bard gets upset and says that all Thorin will be able to eat is his gold. Chapter 16: A Thief in the Night Bombur had the night shift that night but Bilbo exchanged shifts with him. Also, Dain was on his way to help the company and was bringing 500 dwarves. Bilbo had the Arkenstone and he left the lookout. Bilbo went to the Elvenking and Bard and gave them the Arkenstone. Bilbo gave the Arkenstone to them because Bilbo said that it would help with the bargaining and might avoid a war or might start one. Before he left, he found Gandalf. He wanted to ask many questions but Gandalf said he would in good time. Bilbo decided to go back rather than stay at the camp because he didn't think he should leave his friends like that after what they've been through and he had to wake Bombur at midnight. Chapter 17: The Clouds Burst The next day, Bard and the Elves tried to get treasure from Thorin again except this time with the Arkenstone. When Thorin asked where they got it and they responded with Bilbo, Thorin went crazy, for he was furious with Bilbo. He said that Bilbo was much politer in word than in deed, which means that someone's nicer with what they say but a lot meaner when they're at the real situation. Over the next couple of days, Dain had come with all of his 500 dwarves. Soon after, there was a small clash between dwarves, men and elves when Gandalf yelled that the goblins were upon them. The leader of the goblins was named Bolg. Soon, the war started. The war was called the Battle of Five Armies. The races that were involved were the goblins, wargs, elves, men and dwarves. Bilbo put on his ring but he wasn't safe with it on because all the ring does is turn him invisible, not protect him from weapons. The first to charge were the Elves because they hated the goblins. At the end of the chapter, the Eagles came to help. The Elves knew they were coming because they could see the shapes of the Eagles in the clouds. right before the chapter ends, Bilbo, got knocked out by a stone that hurtled from above, smote heavily on his helm and he fell with a crash. Chapter 18: The Return Journey A man was climbing up to Bilbo when he came to and said hello. The man couldn't see him and he realized that he still had his ring on. According to Bilbo, the drawback of invisibility was that no one know that you're there. The man carried Bilbo to the camp. Gandalf was there to greet him and he was delighted to see him and he said that Thorin wished to speak with him. There he lay with his bent and dented armour and axe on the floor. Thorin apologized to Bilbo for his words at the gate and he passed away. Bilbo soon after learned that the war was won because Beorn came out of nowhere and helped. The Elvenking put Orcrist on Thorin's tomb. Fili and Kili were also killed in battle. Dain decided to bury the Arkenstone with Thorin. For helping, the Elvenking was given the emeralds of Girion. For his treasure, Bilbo took two small chests, one with silver and one with and one with gold. Soon enough, Bilbo, Gandalf, the elf-host and Beorn were heading home. When it came time for the elves to go home, Bilbo gave the Elvenking a necklace of silver ad pearls because Bilbo had drank much of the Elvenking's wine and ate much of his bread when he was trying to free the dwarves. By the time Bilbo, Gandalf and Beorn reached Beorn's house it was mid-winter so they all stayed at Beorn's house for the winter. Chapter 19: The Last Stage It was on May the first that Gandalf and Bilbo reached Rivendell once again. Many Elves wanted to hear of the adventure and it was Gandalf who spoke while Bilbo became drowsy. He would open an eye and listen every once in a while when a part that he didn't know came up. It turned out that Gandalf had to leave the company because he had to attend to a great council of the white wizards, and that they had at last driven the Necromancer from his dark hold in the south of Mirkwood. Some time passed and then it was time once again for Bilbo and Gandalf to set off. Elrond gave Bilbo some small gifts including a red handkerchief. At last on June 22nd, Bilbo returned home only to find his belongings being sold because he was presumed dead. It was quite a sad thing for the Sackville-Bagginses because they had planned to move into Bilbo's house. Bilbo spent most of his gold and silver to buy back his furniture. After he settled back in, Bilbo thought about writing a book on the adventure and he thought about calling the memoir, There and Back Again - A Hobbit's Holiday. Some years later in autumn, there was a knock at the door, it was Gandalf and Balin for a visit. When it came to talking about how things were going at the mountain, Balin said that Bard gave some gold to the Master to help lake town but he ran away with most of it and died of starvation and was abandoned by his companions.
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