The hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien


Bilbo, a hobbit, is sent with a group of thirteen dwarves to recover the vast treasure that was stolen by the evil dragon Smaug. In the story, Bilbo saves the dwarves from many dangers, succeeding each time only because of mere luck. Bilbo also finds The One Ring.
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The entire story takes place in various cities, mountains, and forests of Middle Earth. Middle-earth is the fictional universe setting of the majority of author J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy writings. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place entirely in Middle-earth, as does much of The Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales. Properly, Middle-earth is the central continent of the imagined world, not a name of the entire world. Middle -earth is based off of ancient Europe.
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Bilbo Baggins

"There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself." - Gandalf

As the story goes, "In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit...." Bilbo Baggins would much rather relax in his comfy hobbit-hole or take long walks in the Shire than have adventures. After all, "adventures make one late for dinner." Unfortunately, Gandalf the Wizard shows up one day with other plans for Bilbo. Gandalf introduces Bilbo to a rag-tag band of dwarves whose leader, Thorin Oakensheild, asks Bilbo for help in recovering his family's treasure from the fire-breathing dragon Smaug. Bilbo meekly accepts the offer, and soon finds himself on a long journey through Mirkwood forest, to Smaug's dark lair in the Lonely Mountain. Along the way, the unlikely band is captured and nearly eaten by trolls, shackled and prodded by goblins, tied-up in webs and hung from trees by giant spiders, and finally imprisoned by the swarthy, distrustful woodland elves of Mirkwood. With keen hobbit-wits and a magic ring he finds in the goblin caves, Bilbo manages to free the band on several occasions and helps them recover their lost inheritance.
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"'Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!' he said to himself, and it became a favorite saying of his later, and passed into a proverb." - J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, Ch. 1

Major Themes


Bilbo’s development into a hero, which more broadly represents the development of a common person into a hero. At the beginning of the story


The differences among Tolkien’s imaginary races are a major focus of the novel, particularly in its second half. The notion of races having different moral qualities is reflected in the novel’s idea of nature. The good races are portrayed as being in harmony with nature, while the evil races are depicted as being at odds with it.

Lineage & Character

Family lineage is another important factor; one’s prospects, character, and social position are linked closely to family heritage. Race is primarily a determinant of one’s moral standing, but family has more to do with one’s specific personality.

Contrasting world views

A major source of inspiration for The Hobbit’s plot was the body of ancient epic literature that Tolkien studied, particularly Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon epics like Beowulf. Elements of the story originate from literature, including the form of the heroic quest, the dragon’s treasure hoard, the importance of named swords, the elves’ mysterious magic, and the grim focus on birthright and family lineage.


Throughout epic literature, swords with names and lineages are the marks of great heroes. Also Tolkien himself acknowledged that the nature of hobbits was based on the rural, middle-class English people like the ones he grew up with.

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About the author J. R. R. Tolkien

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