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by J. R. R. Tolkien

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I need help identifying the following locations in The Hobbit: the location that includes dangerous spiders who hate being called "Old Tomnoddy”; the location where the dwarves fought goblins a long time ago; the last safe place the travelers visit before crossing the Misty Mountains; and a location where the elves fought goblins a long time ago?

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J. R. R. Tolkein's fantasy masterpiece The Hobbit is rife with historical references and richly described lands that are part and parcel to the backstory of the characters.

The location in the story where the dangerous, oversized spiders dwelt was the dark forest of Mirkwood, a fictional place first used by Sir Walter Scott in his novel Waverley and later appropriated by Tolkein. It occupies the Middle-Earth region known as the Wilderland and is comprised of densely packed trees that serve as perfect pockets for the hostile spiders to hide, just like that of Shelob in Tolkein's follow-up work The Lord of the...

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