CHARACTER INTRODUCTION

BILBO BAGGINS: The Hobbit who led the Dwarves to the Lonely
Mountain to recla im their treasure from the dragon Smaug. He found
the One Ring in Gollum\'s cave

GANDALF: The Wizard that accompanies Bilbo and the dwarves on
their quest. He is well versed in magic spells and often calls upon
them to save his comrades.

THORIN OAKENSHIELD: Son of the King of Dwarves who were driven
from the Lonel y Mountain by Smaug. With the aid of Gandalf and Bilbo
he seeks regain his trea sure and the throne. When Smaug died he truly
became King under the Mountain, t hough he was killed in combat in the
battle of five Armies.

SMAUG: The dragon of the Lonely Mountain who hordes the treasure
he stole from the dwarves of Dale.

GOLLUM: He is perfect example of the evil powers of the One Ring.
He was born a Hobbit but had the ring too long. It made him into a
slimey little creature who only lives to possess the ring.

BARD: The archer who killed Smaug. He shot the dragon in the one
spot it had no protection. The towns people later considered him a
hero. What the people didn\'t know it was Bilbo who discovered the weak
spot in the dragon\'s iron scales.

BEORN: An enemy of orcs, he becomes friends with Bilbo and
Gandalf. He has th e ability to change forms from human to bear. It
is he who determines the outco me of the battle of five Armies.

STORY SUMMARY

The book begins with Bilbo Baggins enjoying a pipe after
breakfast. Th is is one of his favorite pleasures and he feels quite
content in doing so. He is middle-aged, and resides in a clean warm
burrow in the ground.
One morning Gandalf, a wizard stops by to chat with Bilbo. He
informs Bilbo that he is looking for someone to go on an adventure with
him. Although Bilbo is tempted he declines, but not before inviting
Gandalf for tea the next morning.
The next day Bilbo hears his doorbell and he recalls inviting
Gandalf for tea, but instead of the wizard at the door, there is a
group of dwarves... thirteen in all.
Thorin son of the dwarf king starts to outline a plan on how to
regain the tr easure stolen by the dragon Smaug. Bilbo is shocked to
realize these plans involve him! He then realizes that Gandalf has
tricked him by inscribing on his doo r that he was a burglar seeking a
job with lots of excitement. With all this talk of quests and glory
Bilbo decides to join the party after all.
Gandalf reveals a key and a map of their journey which ends at the
Lon ely Mountain. It is there that the treasure of Thorin\'s ancestors
are kept-guar ded by Smaug.
The quest begins and the party meets at the Green Dragon Inn. From
there they venture into the Lone-lands. As heavy rains begin to fall,
Bilbo notice s that Gandalf is missing. When it starts to pour they
stop to investigate a light. There Bilbo finds three trolls grumbling
about food.
Bilbo decides to live up to title of burglar and attempts to pick
one of the trolls pocket. However they quickly capture him. The dwarfs
see what\'s going on and try to save poor Bilbo... yet all of them
except Thorin is caught. Thorin formulates a plan of freeing them but
fails.
Gandalf returns and occupies the trolls till dawn, then the turn
into stone. They group take the two swords and a knife the trolls were
carrying.
The travelers come across the Secret Valley. There they stop at
Elrond \'s Last Homely House. Elrond tells them the only way to use the
key that Thorin possesses is to wait where the thrush knocks and the
setting sun will shine up on the keyhole.
The next morning the group heads toward the Misty Mountains. A
storm has caused them to seek shelter in a cave. The cave however
turns out to be an entrance to the goblin kingdom. Once again the
group is captured. Only Gandalf is free, and he slays the Goblin King,
and once again free the party from impend ing doom.
During the