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The hobbit Bilbo Baggins of the Shire meets Gandalf the Wizard for the first time at Bilbo's home. Bilbo recognizes Gandalf when the wizard mentions Bilbo's. During their visit Bilbo met Lord Elrond, and became enchanted with the Elves. On midsummer eve Elrond inspected the swords of Thorin and Gandalf, and. Why did Gandalf choose Bilbo Baggins to acompany Thorin? Bilbo was not an ordinary . 'It depends on if I meet any, Holman,' he says. 'It's the Elves New Year .
He threw it down hitting the chieftain. It rolled around on the ground burning while Gandalf threw more and more pinecones down.
The goblins and wargs fled and the group was rescued by eagles. When an eagle grabbed Dori, Bilbo had to jump and grab Dori's legs before he was forgotten. This prompted Bilbo to groan "My arms! My poor arms," and Dori to cry, "My legs! Beorn learned their story and gave a large number of provisions to help their quest.
Beorn also lent several ponies to be used until the group reached Mirkwood. However, Beorn did not fully trust the dwarves, so Bilbo saw Beorn giving careful watch to see that his ponies were unharmed. Eventually the company reached Mirkwood, where the ponies were let go to several of the dwarves discontent and Gandalf left the group as well, warning them, "Do not stray off the path.
Eventually the provisions ran low and the Company was forced to send Bilbo up a tree to see where the forest ended. Bilbo climbed up a tree, where a rewarding breeze of cool air and butterflies met him. Bilbo only saw more forest, so when he reluctantly climbed back down, he did not see that the forest ended. He reported his findings to the dwarves, where they met the news with ill comfort, angry that the dwarves were fatter than Bilbo and so could not climb the trees to feel cool air or see the butterflies.
Eventually the last provisions were eaten. The Company then came upon the Enchanted streamof which they had been warned not to drink by Beorn. Bilbo saw a boat on the other side, leading the dwarves to retrieve it. A deer came out of nowhere when all the dwarves were on the other side.
A dwarf shot it where it died, on the other side. The dwarves hoped for venison for dinner when Bilbo realized that Bombur was drowning. The dwarves fished him out to find he had been put to sleep by the stream's magic, but the boat was knocked away, ending the hope for venison. While wandering down the path, the dwarves saw lights in the forest.
Deciding that they would rather leave the path than starve to death they headed after the lights.
As soon as they got to the lights, they went out and one of their party fell asleep. On the third time all of them fell asleep. Bilbo in Mirkwood Forest When Bilbo awoke in the night, he was alone.
He cursed the dwarves for leaving the path and discovered that spiders had captured his companions. Bilbo was forced to find his lost companions and cut through the cocoons the spiders had formed around his companions. He distracted the spiders by improvising several insulting songs to irritate them, and succeeded when the creatures left their domain to find the intruder and eat him.
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Bilbo killed a few by throwing stones at them and by stabbing them with Sting. The spiders never found him, since during this time Bilbo made use of the Ring to remain invisible.
After freeing the dwarves, he led them into a charge against the spiders, where the company killed dozens of the arachnids. Bilbo avoided being caught by using the ring to stay invisible, and followed them into the halls of Thranduilthe elven-king, where they were held captive. Eventually Bilbo was able to rescue the dwarves by stealing the butler Galion 's keys, and found a way for the company to escape the Woodland Realm by stowing away in a number of empty barrels, which periodically were taken by the elves up the River Running to Lake-town for trading purposes.
The plan worked, and soon they all arrived at Lake-town, which they found to be a small town occupied by men that Smaug would frequently attack, though he had not been seen in many years. Thus, Bilbo and the dwarves spent several weeks in Lake-town as guests of honor, though Bilbo eventually caught cold.
Upon discovering the keyhole, the door was opened and Bilbo was sent in alone in order to scout ahead and perhaps to steal some treasure from Smaug. Bilbo conversing with Smaug Smaug, though unable to see the hobbit, tried to figure out who or what the intruder was, but Bilbo refused to tell the dragon his true identity, answering Smaug's questions only in riddles.
While invisible, Bilbo noticed that Smaug had a bare spot on his jewel-encrusted underbelly.
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Finally, Bilbo removed the ring and Smaug saw that he had stolen a cup, causing him to go into a terrible rage. After Bilbo made it out of Smaug's lair safely, he convinced Thorin and the other dwarves to enter the side-door and close it behind them, which saved their lives when Smaug left the mountain, and flying to the side-door, scorched the surrounding area.
Foiled, the dragon flew off to Lake-town with the intent to destroy it once and for all. On Smaug's arrival, Bard shot the Black Arrow at the bare spot, killing Smaug and sending him to rot at the bottom of the lake, but destroying part of Lake-town. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and a song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
Thorin, suspicious of the armies, refused to make any deal, with them at their arrival, and barricaded the mountain, thus beginning a siege.
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Despite Bard and the Elvenking's offers for the hobbit to stay with them for the time being, Bilbo decided to return to the mountain.
To his surprise on leaving to return to Thorin's company, he found that Gandalf had returned, and found the wizard supported his decision. Bilbo then slipped back to the mountain unnoticed by the dwarves.
Bilbo stayed with Gandalf and Bard for a short time, until dwarves from the Iron Hillsled by Dain Ironfootarrived to aid Thorin's cause. Gandalf 'felt' that he was bolder than the other hobbits and he decided to have Bilbo join Thorin and his company. Gandalf and many others regarded Bilbo and Frodo as the best hobbits in whole Middle-earth. Gandalf never explicitly said why he had chosen poor Bilbo to join him and the dwarves in their expedition.
Being wise and proud he did not liked to explain his reasons to anyone. For very good reasons. You asked me to find the fourteenth man for your expedition, and I chose Mr.
Just let any one say I chose the wrong man or the wrong house and you can stop at thirteen and have all the bad luck you like, or go back to digging coal.
I have chosen Mr. Baggins and that ought to be enough for all of you. If I say that he is a Burglar, a Burglar he is. There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea about himself. You may possibly all live to thank me yet. Now Bilbo, my boy, fetch a lamp, and let's have a little light at this.
Augustus Bartran You have a great site, the best I have seen, regarding The Late Great Tolkien, and wish to make a commentary, if you'll have it, on your essay concerning Gandalf's choice of Bilbo to accompany Thorin.
The current contribution is good in it's own right, but I feel it doesn't address the issue as fully as it might. Thorin's quest for the Lonely Mountain plays but a smaller part in Gandalf's much broader reckoning. Sauron named in The Hobbit only as The Necromancer had taken residence in Mirkwood, and Gandalf feared that he good put Smaug to evil purposes abroad.
The Dragon Sauron might use with terrible effect.
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Often I [Gandalf] said to myself: But he knew the dwarves alone would fall in this feat. Gandalf had taken interest in a place known as "The Shire", in it's "pipe-weed", but also the folk that dwelled there. In the same chapter, he discusses his interest in Bilbo. Somehow, I had been attracted to Bilbo before, as a child, and a young hobbit He had stayed in my mind ever since with his eagerness and his bright eyes, and his love of tales, and his question about the wide world outside of the Shire.
Suddenly in my mind these three things came together: Even Yavanna, wife of the Dwarve's creator Aule, foretold that they would have no care in such things I wish I could bring forth a quote, but my copy of the Silm is MIA.