What is the hobbit?

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The Hobbit is a book written by J.R.R. Tolkien and was published for the first time in 1937. The Hobbit is a part of the middle earth series which also includes the lord of the rings

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The Hobbit is a book written by J.R.R. Tolkien and was published for the first time in 1937. The Hobbit is a part of the middle earth series which also includes the lord of the rings (fellowship of the ring, two towers and the return of the king) which was published in 1954 and 1955.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who lives a quiet life in his underground home "bag end". One day, quite unexpectedly, Gandalf the grey shows up at his doorstep telling him he needs him for an adventure. Bilbo declines, telling Gandalf that hobbits don't partake in adventures and ask him to come another time for tea. The next day dwarfs show up at Bilbos doorstep one by one they arrive and start eating from Bilbo's pantry. In the end, 13 dwarfs arrive at bilbos home to have a meeting. It appears that they wish to reclaim their home, the mountain Erebor, from the dragon Smaug. But in order to do this, they need someone who can sneak in without making a sound, a burglar. In order to retake the throne, the leader of the dwarfs, Thorin Oakenshield, needs a gemstone called the "Arkenstone". This precious object is currently in the hands of Smaug inside the mountain with the rest of the vast treasure that once belonged to the dwarfs.

In the start, Bilbo is reluctant to join the dwarfs in their quest but decided to join them at the very last minute.

Along the way, the dwarfs encounter several obstacles. Trolls try to eat them, goblins try to kill them along with a pack of wolves and giant spiders. The elves also lock the dwarfs up for not telling them why they have come to their realm.

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