What is a short summary of The Hobbit?

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The fantasy novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien takes place in an imaginary land called Middle Earth. It concerns the adventures of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins as he joins 13 dwarves and a wizard named Gandalf to reclaim the ancient homeland and treasure of the dwarves in the Lonely Mountain, which has been appropriated by a dragon called Smaug.

As the story begins, Bilbo is accosted by Gandalf, who invites the hobbit to join an adventure. Bilbo adamantly refuses. However, the next day he is visited by Gandalf along with 13 dwarves, whose leader is Thorin Oakenshield. After they feast on Bilbo's food, they tell of their lost home under the Lonely Mountain. Gandalf has a map that marks a secret entrance, and the dwarves want to employ Bilbo as a burglar to help them get into the mountain and win back their wealth.

At first Bilbo balks, and the dwarves leave without him. He then changes his mind, runs after them, mounts a pony, and joins their quest. As they travel through wild countryside,...

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