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The Hobbit

J.R.R Tolkien

J.R.R Tolkien

Published by The Random House 

Publishing Group in the United States



The copyright date is 1980



By Elena Burks

The Hobbit


J.R.R Tolkien

     CHARACTERS AND SETTING


            The main characters in the Hobbit are Bilbo Baggins and all of the dwarves. They are fourteen creatures going to retrieve long lost treasure from the dragon, Smaug. The wizard Gandalf accompanies them in the beginning of their journey and gives them great help. But by the end of the journey Mr. Baggins and the dwarves are solving problems on their own. The group encounters goblins, wolves, eagles, elves and more. They go through terrible hunger and thirst and fear, but thanks to Mr. Bilbo Baggins the dwarves retrieved their treasure.

CONFLICT AND PLOT


      The conflict of the story is that the great dragon Smaug took Thorin Oakshield's father's treasure. Thorin gathered a group of thirteen dwarves and Mr. Baggins to retrieve his treasure. The group perseveres through a lot of pain and hunger to get to the Misty Mountains, where Smaug lives. They get attacked by goblins and wolves and are saved by eagles. They find lodging with a giant skin changer.\ But in the end, when they had no Gandalf, they pulled through and endure.

CLIMAX AND RESOLUTION


      The climax of the story is when the group finally makes it to Smaug's layer. They lie in wait for Smaug to leave or fall asleep. Still Smaug is very smart, but not as smart as the invisible Mr. Baggins. The resolution to the story is when Smaug is killed by a lake- town archer. The group retrieves the treasure and takes it home. Poor Thorin dies, but the rest of the group leads wealthy and comfortable lives in the end.

BIBLICAL CONNECTIONS AND LIFE APPLICATION


       A Bible verse that I found that goes with this story is Hebrews 10: 36, " You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised." Because the group persevered and kept going, they received the reward in the end. Applying this to my life, I'm not very good at being patient, but I asked God to help me with that. In the story, the group has to wait for a lot of things, sometimes dangerous things. They had to wait in the dark multiple times, they had to wait for food. Waiting isn't easy, but the group sticks it out until the end.

Eddying: to move in a circular way

Queer: strange, odd

Gaily: in a cheerful way

Grave: giving cause form alarm; serious

Ford: a shallow place in a river or stream allowing one to walk or drive across

 ABOUT THE AUTHOR


      The author of the Hobbit is J.R.R Tolkien. He was born on January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Tolkien served in the First World War then became a professor at Anglo- Saxon at Oxford. He retired in 1959. He is loved around the world as the creator of Middle- earth. Tolkien is also author of works as the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. He died on September 2, 1973, at the age of 81.
      The Hobbit is an intriguing tale of bravery, strength, and endurance. Where there are dragons and elves and goblins, danger around every corner. Will they survive and retrieve what they are searching for, or will they come to their fateful end.