The Hobbit, Or There And Back Again

Bilbo escaping from Smaug's wrath

 The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien is a story about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who goes on a journey in search of long lost treasures.

This story’s time and setting is not exact but it takes place somewhere in the medieval times.

“Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.”

J. R. R. Tolkien tells of how Bilbo Baggins and his friends handle this quest in search of treasure stolen by Smaug.

A long time ago, the city of Dale was built by rich dwarves. The city flourished with lofty blacksmiths and other craftsmen. Even the poorest dwarves that lived there had a house and food.

One day, Smaug discovered all of this and decided to destroy their happiness. Smaug was a dragon, so he could have easily ruined the city, which in fact he did. Smaug robbed all the dwarves and killed the ones that tried to fight him. He took their treasures and hid them all in his dwelling. No one has seen that treasure ever since.

Thorin, his father Thrain and his grandfather Thror all were in that city. Thrain was the King under the Mountain. They all survived but Thror swore to get the treasure back. He set off to get it back but did not make it to Smaug’s dwelling, even though he had a map of the land and a key. When Thror was dying, Gandalf came along and found him. (Gandalf was a wizard.) Thror gave the key and map to Gandalf and asked him to give these items to Thorin, his son. Gandalf took the things and said that he would do so.

So, now it happened that Thorin wanted to retrieve the treasure that his father was not able to retrieve. Thorin gathered lots of other willing dwarves by the names of Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur. Gandalf was part of the plan and he said that they had to take another person to make the number fourteen, for thirteen is an unlucky number. Gandalf chose Bilbo Baggins as the fourteenth adventurer. Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit. Gandalf gave Thorin the key and the map and they set off.
Smaug sleeping on his gold stack
They travelled through the forest on ponies and soon they ran low on food supply. They came across trolls who were eating in the forest at night. The trolls caught them and wanted to eat them but Gandalf came to the rescue and distracted the trolls until the sun came up. The trolls turned to stone in the sunlight.

Gandalf then led them to Elrond and Elrond told them how to read the map that Thorin was carrying. Elrond also told them some facts about Smaug and wished them good luck.

The company walked on and soon they made it to the mountains. They began their hike but to their misfortune a storm started. The dwarves and Bilbo hid in a cave, which was momentarily used as a passage into the goblin’s underworld. The goblins snatched the company and took them away.

The dwarves and Bilbo were presented by the goblins before their goblin king. Thorin took his sword out and sliced the king. This made the goblins very mad and they attacked the company. The dwarves and Bilbo made a run for it but Bilbo fell and knocked himself out against a rock.

Bilbo wakes up after all the dwarves were gone. He finds a ring and put it into his pocket. Bilbo then finds a water creature by the name of Gollum. Gollum said that he will lead Bilbo out of the goblin’s tunnels if Bilbo agrees to have a riddle competition. If Bilbo wins, Gollum will lead him out of the tunnels. If not, Bilbo will become Gollum’s dinner. Bilbo and Gollum have a riddle competition and eventually Gollum begins to win. Bilbo then remembered about his ring and asked Gollum what is in his pocket. Gollum did not know how to respond and loses. He became enraged and decided to eat Bilbo. Bilbo then accidently put his ring on and turns invisible. Gollum cannot find Bilbo and thinks that maybe Bilbo ran off down the tunnel. Gollum then said, out loud, that Bilbo probably knew where the exit was the whole time and rushes forward to the exit. Bilbo follows, now unnoticed.

Gollum makes it to the exit but does not risk getting close to the goblins. The ring that Bilbo found was Gollum’s ring with the help of which Gollum snuck past the goblins. Since he did not have his ring, Gollum did not risk getting too close to the goblins. Bilbo snuck past Gollum and then past the goblins. He squeezed through the door and escaped.

Outside, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Thorin and Gandalf were talking when Bilbo came up to them. Bilbo tells them all about what happened to him, (without mentioning the ring), and they continue their journey.

Gandalf, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Thorin and Bilbo go on through the forest and hear wolves. The company climbs in trees and hides there while the wolves look for them. The wolves come and call the goblins and altogether the antagonists decided to burn the dwarves, the wizard and Bilbo. The eagles saw the fire from above and rescued Bilbo, Gandalf, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur.
Another version of Smaug sleeping on his gold stack
The eagles carried the adventurers over and across the forest. Gandalf then took them all to Beorn’s dwelling. Beorn was a man who could transform into any living beast. His favorite animal to turn into was a bear. Beorn gave them ponies to ride on and escorted them through another wood. Gandalf then told them that he had to go back now and left with their ponies. Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur and Bilbo were now left with no ride and no Gandalf. Giant spiders then attack the dwarves but Bilbo uses his magic ring and frees all of them. They did not notice how Elvenking’s people captured Thorin. Soon, all of the dwarves are captured as well. Bilbo puts on his ring and follows unnoticed. Elvenking puts them all in dungeons and says that he will not let them out until they tell him what they were doing on his territory. Bilbo thinks of a plan and steals the jail guard’s keys. All of the dwarves get into barrels and the elves, unknowing, roll them out into the water flow that leads to Lake Town.

Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur and Bilbo arrive in Lake Town and Thorin tells the town guards that he is King under the Mountain, (which he is). The people greet him and Bilbo with the dwarves stay there for one week. The desolation of Smaug was very near to Lake Town and the Lake-people believed that when the King under the Mountain came their rivers would flow with gold.

Bilbo and the dwarves travel over to the land and begin to look for Smaug.  They are able to open the secret door and send Bilbo to investigate. Bilbo finds Smaug and talks to him. Smaug succeeds in getting some information from Bilbo and flies over to attack Lake Town. He burns the town down but one of the soldiers, Bard, shoots an arrow at Smaug’s bald patch in his armor. Smaug falls down dead.

While Smaug was attacking the town, the dwarves crept into his dwelling and looked around. Thorin talked about the Arkenstone and willed to the company that if they should find the Arkenstone it be given to him. Bilbo finds the Arkenstone but does not give it to Thorin. 

The people from Lake Town soon found out about the dwarves and Bilbo. Bard and an army go over to the land to claim half of the gold for Bard was a descendant of another King of Dale. Thorin refuses to give them anything. Thorin uses ravens to communicate with other dwarf kings and to call them. Bilbo secretly goes down from the hill and gives the Arkenstone to Bard. Bard is to bargain with Thorin with the help of the Arkenstone. Bilbo finds Gandalf in their army and is glad.

Bard bargains with Thorin but Thorin refuses and calls Bilbo a traitor. Then, the goblins and wolves come. The battle of the Five Armies breaks out. Dwarves, elves, and men fighting against goblins and wolves. Eagles came to the end and helped beat the goblins and wolves. Fili and Kili died in that battle while they were protecting Thorin. Thorin also got wounded but Beorn came and carried him into one of the tents. After the battle, Bilbo found Gandalf and Gandalf led him into the tent with Thorin. Thorin said good-bye to Bilbo and died. Thorin was buried right under the mountain with the Arkenstone.

Bard claimed the land and soon rebuilt Lake Town and Dale. Bilbo returned back with Gandalf and wrote all of his adventures down and called it There and Back Again.

The treasure was retrieved and Thorin died happy. He had accomplished what he had wanted to do.