Topic: The Hobbit- JRR Tolkien

The book started off by introducing a number of concepts that were necessary to understand the book. Such as explaining what a hobbit and a dwarf are. The author introduced the habits of these creatures and some of the history behind them. The protagonist in this story is a hobbit, by the name of "Bilbo Baggins." My guess is that the antagonist is a dragon by the name of Smaug. Bilbo had been expecting Gandalf to return to his "Hobbit hole" for some tea. However instead thirteen incredibly rude dwarfs arrived first. It becomes evident to the reader that Bilbo is an especially polite individual. He went out of his way to accommodate these thirteen surprise visitors, and even though he was very frustrated he made sure to always use his manners. This reminds me of a story, on Christmas Eve a lonely elderly couple was at their home when there came a knock on the door. It was a homeless man that was begging for food. The couple was so desperate for company that they allowed him to come inside for a meal. Not so long after, another man appeared at the door, this continued until there was 12 of them. Most people would have been angry and forced the men to leave, however, these two people were not miserable at all.  Instead, they were overjoyed because they were no longer lonely.

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The morning after the tea party Bilbo awoke quite late and realised that the group had left and forgotten to take their mess with them. Bilbo began cleaning and washing dishes when Gandalf arrived and gave him trouble for not looking at the note the dwarves had left him on the mantle. It stated that the dwarves would be expecting to see him at the motel for eleven o'clock to leave for their adventure. He left at once and ran to the motel where he found the dwarves waiting for him. They left on horseback singing and chanting as they went.  The early part of their journey can be related to a person working out in order to get in shape. At the beginning they were positive and excited for the adventure left to be had. However, after a short ways they began to notice the landscape change into an unforgiving path. Like the person going to the gym they quickly got discouraged. So far, this book has kept me engaged and interested in everything it has to offer. The author does an incredible job of illustrating the setting and describing every situation as if you were there.

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The expedition took a turn when a thunderstorm broke out and soaked them and their supplies. About this same time they realised that Gandalf was no longer with them. It was night time and they decided they would attempt to find a dry place to sleep. the est they could do was under a tree that leaked raindrops constantly. One of their ponies spooked at nothing and bolted away spilling most of their food supplies in the river. It was a little after this that Dwalin (their lookout dwarf) spotted a light far up on a hill. After taking a vote Bilbo began climbing the wood to see what the light was coming from. He discovered three trolls eating mutton upon a stake. This can be related to a plane crash on an island. The survivors think that they have found salvation when they spot a nearby tribe when in fact the tribe is cannibalistic and Attacks the people. Bilbo however, knew that trolls ate beings of all shapes. Foolishly he attempted to pick pocket one of the trolls but was caught in the act.

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After not hearing from Bilbo the dwarves decided to follow him in order to make sure he was alright. However, the trolls heard them coming and waited in the bushes and caught each one with a sack placing each one by the fire in a pile. At this time, Gandalf returned and stayed hidden in the brush. Gandalf can be compared to God and the trolls can be related to humans. This situation is similar to the story of Noah and the arc. While the trolls argued about how they were going to prepare the dwarves Gandalf mimicked a troll to start a new argument each time they settled upon a plan. Trolls are extremely sensitive to sunlight, if it shines on them they helplessly turn to stone. Gandalf was distracting the trolls long enough for the sun to rise and paralyze them. The sunlight is like the flood waters drowning the evil.

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Bilbo and his crew then looted the Trolls' dwelling of weapons and food. They continued their journey in good spirits once again with a positive outlook. They had easy travel until they came to the mountains where they struggled to find the right path to follow. This experience can be linked to a teen going through high school trying to figure out what they want to do in life. The journey through elementary and middle school is nothing compared to the decisions they must face when talking about their future. Travelling through the mountains was a huge struggle with all the peaks and valleys they had to cross. The peaks and valleys of the mountains are quite similar to a young adult in post-secondary. At certain points in their journey, they feel as if they have everything figured out until a new problem arises (such as they have to do their own laundry) then they feel as hopeless as a freshman entering high school not having a clue what to expect.

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The caravan of fifteen finally came across the village of Rivendale where they were greeted by the harmonious voices of elves welcoming them. Quickly as they arrived they were offered dinner and ale from the elves. Bilbo wanted to stay but the others insisted on continuing on towards Gandalf's friend's house where they were to stay the night. Bilbo can be related to a child in a toy store. He wants dreadfully to stay and listen to the Elve's music but he is trumped by Gandalf and the dwarves. Just like how a child doesn't want to leave the toy store but his mother tells him that he has to. The procession proceeded onward with verified information of where the house is. The author has done an incredible job of capturing the very essence of the Elve's culture. even though the lyrics to their chants are just written on the page without any music, it feels as though I can hear the music loud and clear.

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When they finally reached the house of Elrond (Gandalf's friend) they were greeted by a wide open door, smoke coming out of the chimney, and the smell of dinner. They spent a few days there, listening to stories singing tunes of many kinds. Elrond is truly one of a kind. He was incredibly knowledgeable about runes and the surrounding countryside. He deciphered the runes on Gandalf and Thorin's swords from the Troll's cave. As it turns out these two swords came from two ancient kings. This just goes to show that things aren't always as they appear to be. They set out a few days later with both the ponies and the group refreshed and in good spirits. They now had a full inventory of supplies including food and clean clothes. The morning was crisp and clear, without a cloud in the sky. It was the best traveling day possible.