The Hobbit Project

J.R.R. Tolkien

Author and Title

The Hobbit

by: J.R.R. Tolkien

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Summary

Bilbo Baggins was a homely hobbit who was invited to be a burgler on an adventure arranged by a wizard named Gandalf. The purpose of the adventure was for Bilbo to accompany 13 dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, to claim back treasure stolen from the king of Dale (Thorin's grandfather), by a greedy dragon named Smaug. While on the mission, they encountered many allies that made the journey slightly easier and hopeful, and enemies that made the journey a challenge even greater than they presumed. They made it to their final destination without major casualties, and with the help and guidance of Gandalf and many other friends. The dragon was defeated, and the Battle of the Five Armies was won. The dwarves and their new leader (Thorin died in battle, along with Fili and Kili), took over Dale at last, and Bilbo returned to his cozy hobbit-hole across The River and in The Hill he had missed so much in the end.

Characters

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Baggins is a homely hobbit who lives in The Hill across The River. He was a well respected hobbit, that is until he participated in Gandalf's adventure. He turned into a couragious, trust-worthy, bold, and brave hobbit, who had a little of his relatives, the Took's, adventurous behavior in him.

Gandalf

Gandalf is a very well-known and friendly wizard, who was arranging an adventure and was trying to find a burgler to take part in it. That's when he convinced Bilbo to come along. Gandalf is very, very clever, powerful, and wise. He always seems to show up on the spot when he is needed the most.

Favorite Quotes

  1. "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." - Thorin Oakenshield
  2. "You are a very fine person, Mr. Baggins, and I am very fond of you; but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!" - Gandalf
  3. "'I will give you a name,' he said to it ,'and I shall call you Sting.'" - Bilbo Baggins
  4. "What has it got in its nasty little pocketses?" - Gollum

Theme

One's appearance can not determine the courage, nobility, and strength that is inside oneself.

THE HERO'S JOURNEY

The Ordinary World

Bilbo Baggins lives in a small, happy hobbit town in his hobbit hole located in The Hill and across The Water. He is calm and non-adventurous. He loves to have his seven meals a day and plenty of rest.

The Call To Adventure

A wizard named Gandalf visits Bilbo one day, inviting him on an adventure and quest that he is arranging. Bilbo's role will be the burgler amid Gandalf and the 13 dwarves.

Refusal Of The Call

Bilbo was not sure if he wanted to go on the adventure starting the next morning, and was not going to bother to wake up early for it. He did not think that he could do it, and his Baggins side was taking over.

Meeting With The Mentor

Gandalf is Bilbo's mentor. He believes that Bilbo would be the perfect burgler because he is very stealthy and Gandalf can see beyond Bilbo's appearance, which would be a trust-worthy character and a great hero.

Crossing The Threshold

The real world slipped away the moment Bilbo left the comfort of his hobbit home for the uncertainty of the adventure. That was the first challenge Biblo faced and his first fear was overcome.

Tests, Allies, And Enemies

Bilbo's friends and enemies were many. His enemies were the three trolls: Bert, Tom, and William, the Goblins, Gollum, the Wargs, the giant spiders, and Smaug. Bilbo's friends and allies were the dwarves, Gandalf, the Elves, Beorn, the Eagles, and the Lake-Town people. Three challenges that Bilbo faced was:

1. Stealing from the three trolls. (failure)

2. Defeating Gollum and escaping the Goblins under the Misty Mountains on his own alive and unharmed. (success)

3. Saving the dwarves on his own from the giant spiders in Mirkwood when they were captured, tangled, and hung from the tall trees in webs. (success)

The Approach

At their final destination, the Lonely Mountains, the dwarves and Bilbo reviewed the map and where the secret door was located, because they had no idea where it was or how to open it. Bilbo was the one who found and figured out how to open the door. Bilbo was also the one to go into the mountain and confront the dragon Smaug many times in his lair of stolen treasures.

The Ordeal

Bilbo's greatest life-or-death challenge was during the War of the Five Armies. It was the most difficult and terrifying battle he fought during the journey, especially when Bilbo was fighting and turning invisable with his ring to survive in the beginning. Also when he was hit on the head with a rock right before the Eagles came to their rescue. If Bilbo would not have woken up on time, he would have been left there and assumed dead.

The Reward

Physically, Bilbo earned two chests of treasure, one of gold, and one of silver. He also earned a set of mail armor from Thorin, and a ring from the Misty Mountains that he found. Emotionally, Bilbo earned respect for the things outside of his lovely hobbit town, and the knowledge of what the world of adventure really is like. He loved and he hated, and in the end, he appreciated all of the things that came about him during his daring and dangerous adventure that lasted approximately 13 months. Others who participated earned their share of treasure and experience as well, some maybe more than others.

The Road Back

Bilbo had mixed feelings about returning home. He was happy, glad, and excited to be returning finally to his warm and welcoming hobbit hole in The Hill, back to seven meals a day and lots and lots of sleep, but he was sad and unready to return because he did not want to end his adventure with his friends and depart so soon. He was not completely ready to let go and go back to the normal life of a Baggins in Bag End just yet.

The Resserection

When Bilbo Baggins returns home, he finds not what he expected, I can tell you that much. The people of the town are auctioning off all of his property and personal belongings, because after a year and a month gone, Bilbo was presumed dead. They now view him as a queer neighbor, and he is disrespected.

Return With The Elixir

Bilbo was not necessarily accepted back into the ordinary world by his fellow neighbors, but he was not unwelcome, either. Although he was disrespected, he received most of his belongings back and lived happily again in his home. Now, Bilbo has grown bolder and stronger and more aware. He has made friends with creatures he never before expected to. Maybe in the future, he will be keen to adventure and not so closed off from all things similar.