The Hobbit Final Project: Home

By: Riley Armstrong

Location 1: Rivendell

Rivendell is referred to in the Hobbit as the "Last Homely House". This is said because it is the last place that anyone nice is found for quite a while on the journey at hand. The elves are a very peaceful bunch and also tend to be very happy and cheerful. "His house was perfect whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, nor a pleasant mixture of them all. Evil things did not come into that valley." Rivendell is a vastly large castle like structure that a culture of Elves lives in. Its a place of safety and merriment for the group in the story and it is also the place that Bilbo and the dwarves discover how to enter Erebor. P.41 "Moon letters are rune letters, but you cannot see them." says Elrond, but since the moon is the same that the letters were written, they learn the riddle is "Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks and the setting sun with the last light of Durin's Day will shine upon the key-hole." this is one of the most important parts of the book and this place is important to it since Elrond is one of the few people who can actually read the letters.

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Location 2: Bag-End

The setting of Bag-end/the Shire is very important to the Hobbit's storyline. The lands are home to the race known as "Hobbits". Hobbits are similar to dwarves in size but not in heartiness or bravery (except in Bilbo's case). The reason this homely place is important is because Hobbits love their home. "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 thing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit hole and that means comfort. In the book, Bilbo references many times how he wishes to be back at home. Many quotes that show how meaningful this place is include ""I wish I was at home in my nice hole by the fire, with the kettle just beginning to sing!" It was not the last time that he wished that!""
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Location 3: Erebor/The Lonely Mountain

Erebor, better known as the Lonely Mountain, is home to the brave and hardy Dwarves. (Well, not at the beginning of this book it's not). The Dwarves have a deep connection to this place because it is a place of heritage. But also it contains the vast mountains of gold guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. "Long ago in my grandfather Thrors time our family was driven out of the north...My grandfathers hall became full of armor and jewels..." Shows the heritage of the mountain and how it came to be a massively wealthy place. A quote that shows how the treasure is meaningful to them is ""The mere fleeting glimpses of treasure which [the dwarves] had caught as they went along had rekindled all the fire of their dwarvish hearts;" which shows they loved the gold (and home) alot.

My Home(s):

The three places I find most homely and find myself most comfortable in include the following three places.