Can you give me a brief summary of The Hobbit ?

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien takes on the classic heroic quest, and in this particular novel, involves an unlikely hero, a hobbit by the name of Bilbo Baggins.  Baggins is approached by a wandering, and generally well-meaning, old wizard, Gandalf, to take part in a quest led by dwarves to recover a large amount of treasure hoarded by a dragon in an old dwarven kingdom known as the Lonely Mountain.  

Bilbo joins the dwarves on their adventure, encountering many dangers along the way such as trolls, goblins, large spiders; at one point, the hobbit even gets into a life-or-death game of riddles with a vicious, yet cunning, creature named Gollum.  Bilbo wins the contest and a mysterious gold ring that grants the wearer the power of invisibility. Bilbo uses the ring to help him escape many difficult situations, the worst of which is when he must sneak into the Lonely Mountain to investigate the dragon Smaug's lair.  Bilbo's adventures both challenge and strengthen him, and eventually he returns to his cozy home a much wiser and braver hobbit.

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The Hobbit is a fantasy novel by James R.R. Tolkien, which became an instant classic and worldwide bestseller. It is best known for being the prequel to The Lord of the Rings. eNotes.com has an extensive study guide, including chapter summaries, included in the links below. Here is a brief summary.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit, one of a race of smaller humans who lives in comfort in his rural estate. One day, a wizard named Gandalf stops by and invites himself and thirteen dwarves over for a party; Bilbo is uncomfortable, but accepts the guests. It turns out that the dwarves are on a quest to reclaim their ancestral...

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