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The Hobbit Book Report

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Book report: The Hobbit – J.R.R Tolkien

The author
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist and university professor, best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was born on the 3rd of January 1892 in Bloemfontein, South Africa, and died on the 2nd of September 1973. He died at the age 81, in Bournemouth. Tolkien wrote the book in 1937. At this time Hitler was in power. I could not find anything in his book that is pointing somehow to Hitler. After the death of Tolkien, his son published a some works based on his father’s notes. Together with The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, these form a connected ...view middle of the document...

Gandalf and the 13 dwarves are also very important in this story, as they are with Bilbo almost all the time. Especially Thorin Oakenshield is very important. In the beginning Thorin doesn’t think much of Bilbo, but later he owes his life to him and has a lot of respect for the hobbit.
The main antagonist in this story is Smaug, the dragon. Because he is a dragon, he feels the need to hoard gold and other wealth. Even though he has no need nor use of the wealth he will kill for it to protect it and to get more. At a certain point in the book Bilbo takes something from the dragon, and he wants it back. This cup he took is nothing compared to the bed of gold he sleeps on, but still he wants it back. In the beginning of the book Smaug was fighting for the gold and in the end he was fighting for his life. There are a few more antagonists in this book. Bilbo and his friend come from one dangerous situation to another, with a lot of threats. These include the Trolls, the wolves, the Spiders of Mirkwoord, the Goblins and the Wood-elves.
Summary
The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who lives in Hobbiton. The Hobbit goes on a journey with a wizard and 13 dwarves to recover the lost treasure that is guarded by the dragon Smaug. On the journey, Bilbo and the dwarves encounter all sorts of villains and obstacles. On this journey Bilbo finds a magic ring, and if he puts it on, he turns invisible. When they are at the Lonely Mountain the dragon gets killed by Bard the archer. As the news of Smaug’s death spreads, various groups advance towards the mountain for there is a treasure to be had. Battle erupts. It includes men, elves and dwarves. They were about to fight when Gandalf announces the approach of the Goblins, bats, wolves and Wargs. The armies re-align and conduct what became known as the “Battle of Five Armies.” It is only with the final arrival of the Eagles,...

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