Characters In The Hobbit

By: Jessica Burge

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit. He helps Thorin, Gandalf, and others to reclaim their land from Smaug and defeat Azog. To Thorin and other dwarves, Bilbo is considered a burglar. They call Bilbo a burglar because Bilbo has to steal a stone that is precious to Thorin's family, and the stone is called the Akernstone. Bilbo, at the beginning of the story, is cautious about what he and his friends do, but later on in the story, he becomes more brave and courageous.

Thorin Oakenshield

Thorin Oakenshield is the prince of his lost land, and is the leader of his group of family and friends. He is also a dwarf. He asks Bilbo to be his burglar, or he asked Bilbo to help him steal the Arkenstone, a precious stone in Thorin's family. At the beginning of the story, however, Thorin is somewhat of a recluse. He keeps all of his emotions and thoughts inside. By the end, however, he becomes wiser.


Gandalf is a wizard. He joins Thorin Oakenshield on his trip, along with Bilbo Baggins and others. Gandalf is very helpful, wise, and can be confusing at times. He isn't always there to help out, but he gives great advice.


Smaug is a dragon. He stole Thorin's home and many dwarves' homes. He stole it because of all of the gold that Thorin's family had. By defeating Smaug, the dwarves could get their home back. Smaug is very sly and greedy. Stealing from Smaug was the reason why Thorin needed Bilbo.


Azog is an orc. He is also known as Azog The Defiler. He killed Thorin's grand father, imprisoned Thorin's father, and wants to kill Thorin by beheading him. Azog likes things to be done his way, and he likes things to be done fast. Azog tries everything he can to kill Thorin, even if he has to kill himself.


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