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At a glance:
- Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
- First Published: 1954
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Epic
- Setting: Middle-earth between the Northern Waste and Sutherland
- Characters: Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins, Meriadoc Brandybuck (Merry), Peregrin Took (Pippin), Samwise Gamgee (Sam), Gandalf the Grey (Mithrandir), Aragorn (Strider), Boromir, Gimli, Legolas, Elrond Halfelven, Galadriel, Sauron
- Genres: Long fiction, Fantasy, Novel
- Subjects: Maturation or coming of age, Blizzards, Traveling or travelers, Folkloric or magical people, Magic or magicians, Supernatural, Leadership, Other worlds, Friendship, War, Good and evil, Adventure, Heroes or heroism, Dwarfs, Quest, Elves, Rings, Talisman or magical object
- Locales: Middle-earth (mythic)
Bilbo Baggins, the most adventurous hobbit of the Shire, plans to celebrate his 111th birthday. His old friend Gandalf the Grey, a wizard with special control over fire, tries to restrain him from using his magic ring to vanish at the end of the party. Gandalf is disturbed, for he suspects the ring of being the One Ring forged by Sauron, the Dark Lord, in the volcanic fires of Mount Doom. This ring gives long life but corrupts its user. Even Bilbo, who gained it without losing pity, begins to show signs of its evil influence. On his departure, however, after his...
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