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The Hobbit

The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien

Thorin Oakenshield:A dwarf who leads his fellow dwarves on a trip to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim their treasure and homeland from the dragon Smaug. Smaug’s bounty is Thorin’s inheritance, as it belonged to Thror, Thorin’s grandfather, the great King under the Mountain. Thorin is a proud, purposeful, and sturdy warrior, if a bit stubborn at times. As the novel progresses, his his greed, and his reliance on Bilbo to save him at every turn make Thorin a somewhat unappealing figure, but he is partly redeemed by the remorse he shows (spoiler alert) before he dies.

Bilbo Baggins:Bilbo leads a quiet life in his comfortable hole at Bag End and, like most hobbits, is content to stay at home. But, when the wizard Gandalf persuades Bilbo to join a group of dwarves on a quest to reclaim their gold from a dragon, Bilbo ends up playing a crucial role as the company’s burglar. Bilbo’s adventures awaken his courage and prove his relentless ability to do what needs to be done.

Gandalf:This wise old wizard always seems to know more than he reveals. Gandalf has a vast command of magic and tends to show up at just the moment he is needed most. Though he helps the dwarves in their quest, he does not seem to have any interest in their gold. He always has another purpose or plan in mind, but he rarely reveals his private thoughts.

Gollum:A small, strange, and creepy creature who lives deep in the caves of Moria beneath the Misty Mountains. There, Gollum broods over his “precious,” a magic ring, until he accidentally loses it and Bilbo finds it. We never learn exactly what kind of creature he is. Apparently, his true shape has been too deformed by years of living in darkness to be recognizable.

Beorn:A man who can turn into a bear, Beorn helps Bilbo and the dwarves after their escape from the goblins.

Thror:(Thorin’s grandfather) Thror mined Moria, a series of caves under the Mountain, and discovered a wealth of gold and jewels. He became King under the Mountain, but before long, the dragon Smaug came and killed or scattered all of Thror’s people. The dragon has been guarding the treasure ever since, and Thorin wants to get back what is rightfully his.

Bard:Bard the Bowman is a human, and the captain of the guard in Lake Town, a human city built on Long Lake just south of the Lonely Mountain. With the help of information discovered by Bilbo and retold by a thrush, Bard finds Smaug’s weak spot and kills him.

Sauron:An evil sorcerer and creator of the magic ring. Also called the Necromancer, Sauron is only mentioned in The Hobbit; he never actually appears.

Company of Twelve:Thorin’s group, composed of Fili, Kili, Dwalin, Balin, Oin, Gloin, Ori, Dori, Nori, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur, none of whom are really developed as an individual characters in the novel.

Smaug:The great dragon who lives in the Lonely Mountain. Years ago, Smaug heard of the treasure that the dwarves had gathered in the Lonley Mountain, so he drove the dwarves away to claim the gold for himself. His flaming breath can scorch a city, and his armorlike hide is almost impenetrable. Smaug can speak and possesses a dark, sadistic sense of humor.


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