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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, they come across three trolls and are captured by them. Gandalf tricks the trolls into staying out past dawn and they turn into stone. They bury the trolls' gold and then head for Rivendell. In Rivendell, Elrond the elf helps to interpret the map and tells them how to find the secret passage into the mountain.

After they leave Rivendell, the travelers are captured by goblins in the Misty Mountains but manage to escape from the goblin tunnels. When he is separated from the others, Bilbo comes across a strange creature named Gollum with whom he plays a riddle game. Bilbo finds a gold ring that makes the wearer invisible. This used to belong to Gollum. It helps Bilbo escape from the caves and rejoin the others.

On the other side of the mountains, the travelers are pursued by wolves called wargs. The travelers hide in trees and the goblins set fire to the forest, but eagles rescue them. Next they stay with Beorn, a shape-shifter who can become a bear.

Without Gandalf, who has other business, the dwarves and Bilbo enter the forest of Mirkwood. The dwarves are captured by giant spiders, and Bilbo rescues them. Thorin and the dwarves are then captured by wood-elves, and Bilbo has to use his magic ring to free them. They hide in barrels and float down the river to Lake-town. The townspeople eventually welcome the dwarves and help them with provisions.

The dwarves and Bilbo climb the side of the mountain, find the keyhole, and open the secret door. Bilbo finds Smaug and the treasure, but Smaug awakens, and all the dwarves have to take shelter in the passage under the mountain. The angry dragon heads for Lake-town, where he is killed by Bard the archer. In the meantime, the dwarves take possession of the Lonely Mountain and its treasure.

As hostilities loom between the dwarves, the wood-elves, and the men in Lake-town, Bilbo steals the Arkenstone, the most precious of the mountain's treasures, and gives it to Bard. At this point Gandalf returns.

The Battle of Five Armies takes place between goblins, wargs, dwarves, elves, and men. Bilbo is knocked out and misses most of the battle. When Bilbo wakens, he finds that the goblins have been defeated and the others have reached agreements about the division of the treasure. He takes a portion and starts home accompanied by Gandalf and others.

When Bilbo returns home to the Shire, he finds out that since he has been presumed dead, his house and all his possessions are being auctioned. He gets them back and settles into his former life, but vividly remembers his adventures.

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When Bilbo, a peaceful hobbit, is approached by the wizard Gandalf and asked to accompany a group of dwarves to take back their kingdom from a dragon, he agrees reluctantly and faces many dangers as they approach the Lonely Mountain, defeat Smaug, and finally join five armies together to defeat an army of goblins and wargs.

There are many events that take place in The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. The most important center on Bilbo's journey away from and back to Hobbiton.

When Gandalf the Grey arrives at Bilbo's and tricks him into hosting a party for a group of dwarves, it upsets Bilbo's quiet, orderly life. Nonetheless, he agrees to accompany the group the next morning to take back the lost dwarven kingdom from Smaug the dragon.

The journey is fraught with peril, including an encounter with Gollum, the keeper of a mysterious ring that Bilbo steals. It makes him invisible when he puts it on. He uses it to rejoin the group of dwarves, which is led by warrior Thorin Oakenshield.

When they arrive at the Lonely Mountain, where Smaug lives, they're greeted by people from nearby Lake-town, who want the dwarves to kill Smaug. When the party arrives at the mountain, Bilbo steals a cup and manages to spot a weakness on Smaug where a projectile could strike him. Once Smaug realizes what happened, he attacks Lake-town for aiding the person who stole from him.

A thrush that overheard Bilbo's discovery of Smaug's weakness reports it to a Lake-town defender who shoots an arrow at Smaug, slaying him.

The dwarves take back their mountain kingdom, but the men and elves who assisted on their journey come to demand compensation, reparations, and treasure they believe they're owed. When the dwarves refuse, the armies prepare to fight. Bilbo argues with Thorin and asks him to give compensation, but Thorin refuses.

Gandalf returns and warns of an emerging threat: goblins and wargs. The men, elves, and dwarves band together to defeat them. Thorin and Bilbo make up, but Thorin dies from a wound he received in the battle. Bilbo, now rich with a small portion of the treasure he was offered, goes home.

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The Hobbit is an adventure story involving Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, Gandalf, a wizard and several other creatures including dwarves, elves, and a dragon.

This book is the precursor and introduction to Middle Earth where The Lord of the Rings trilogy takes place.

They are (or were) a little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded Dwarves. Hobbits have no beards….They are inclined to be fat in the stomach; they dress in bright colours (chiefly green and yellow); wear no shoes, because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads (which is curly); have long clever brown fingers, good-natured faces, and laugh deep fruity laughs (especially after dinner, which they have twice a day when they can get it). (The Hobbit, prologue)

A short summary is that Gandalf, the wizard proposes an adventure to Bilbo. Bilbo is a "stay-at-home" Hobbit and refuses to have anything to do with adventures.

Gandalf scratches a secret sign on Bilbo's door.

Shortly, a troop of 13 dwarves arrives at Bilbo's house with a treasure map. The map piques Bilbo's curiosity, and he is off on an adventure in search of the evil dragon Smaug who has stolen the Dwarve's treasure.

On this adventure they are accosted by trolls and orcs. In the caves of the Misty Mountains, Bilbo meets Gollum and acquires a ring.

A great battle ensues in which the dragon is deafeated, the dwarves regain their treasure. Thorin Oakenshield accuses Bilbo Baggins of treachery, later forgives him and commends Bilbo's bravery and courage. Thorin dies in this novel.

The dragon is defeated, and they return home. Bilbo returns to the Shire and settles in for a nice retirement.

 

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