The Hobbit Quotes

"This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected." (Narrator, Chapter 1, p. 2)

This sets the stage for the story by telling you Bilbo Baggins is about to embark on an adventure, which will require him to stretch himself and become a hobbit he never thought he could be. He has until now been living a very sedate life, but is suddenly thrust into a world where he is required to be courageous, perseverant, and a leader. These are all characteristics he has never taken upon himself before, because there never was a need for him to assume them. Now for the first time he has others depending on him to not only help them, but in some instances to save their lives. He soon learns he is not only capable, but he excels at these tasks.

"We are met to discuss our plans, our ways, means, policy and devices. We shall soon before the break of day start on our long journey, a journey from which some of us, or perhaps all of us (except our friend and counsellor, the ingenious wizard Gandalf) may never return." (Thorin Oakenshield, Chapter 1, p. 17)

Thorin is explaining to the dwarves, Bilbo, and Gandalf the great adventure they are about to embark on. Bilbo, who is still unsure at this point what he is doing here, is flummoxed by what he has just heard. He thought he is meeting with some dwarves to help them out, he has no idea the journey may require him to sacrifice his life. He, after a while, comes around and agrees to help the dwarves and become their burglar. This is, after all, the occupation Gandalf advertised on Bilbo's front door and why the dwarves chose him to help them on their quest.

"He guessed as well as he could, and crawled along for a good way, till suddenly his hand met what felt like a tiny ring of cold metal lying on the floor of the tunnel." (Narrator, Chapter 5, p. 68)

This is the discovery of Gollum's ring by Bilbo in the tunnels of the mountain occupied by the goblins. He does not yet know the importance of the ring or the impact it will have on his life. He just thinks it is a nice trinket to put into his pocket. He will soon enough discover its importance to Gollum and the magical power it possesses. The ring will come in very handy to him, in numerous ways, throughout the story.

"It seemed that the ring he had was a magic ring: it made you invisible!" (Narrator, Chapter 5, p. 85)

Bilbo has just discovered the secret power of the ring. He now knows he can move about the tunnels and the goblin mountain without being seen. He knew he could still be heard and bumped into, so he moved carefully about as he made his way out of the mountain. He learned to use the ring to good effect, as it helped him rescue the dwarves and in his interactions with Smaug.

"Good-bye! Be good, take care of yourselves -and DON'T LEAVE THE PATH!" (Gandalf, Chapter 7, p. 138)

The dwarves and Bilbo are about to enter the Mirkwood, which is the greatest forest of the Northern World. It is also a very dangerous place, because it is easy to become lost in the woods and never find your way out again. Of course the dwarves and Bilbo do not heed Gandalf's warning and wander off the path in search of food. They find themselves wrapped in giant spider webs and later taken prisoner by the Wood-elves. It is lucky for them that Bilbo Baggins is along to rescue them from dangerous circumstances.

"Somehow the killing of the giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark without the help of the wizard or the dwarves or of anyone else, made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach, as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath." (Narrator, Chapter 8, p. 156)

Bilbo has killed the spider, which wrapped him up in its web. The giant spider was intent on having Bilbo for its next meal, instead Bilbo used his sword to cut his way out of the web and end the spider's life. He is filled with a new feeling of self-confidence, because he accomplished all of this on his own. He now feels he can achieve feats he never before thought possible. This leads to him to have the confidence to rescue the other dwarves from the spiders. It also gives him the confidence to rescue them all from the Wood-elf castle.

"The Lonely Mountain! Bilbo had come far and through many adventures to see it, and now he did not like the look of it in the least." (Narrator, Chapter 10, p. 189)

Bilbo is drifting down the river, invisible on a wine barrel, and suddenly before him he sees the Lonely Mountain. He has gone through so much to reach the Mountain, but now seeing it for the first time in the distance, he is disheartened by the sight of it. He soon revives himself from this sudden depression, by remembering how lucky he is to be alive after all he and the dwarves have suffered on their long journey.

"Already they had come to respect little Bilbo. Now he had become the real leader in their adventure." (Narrator, Chapter 12, p. 221)

Bilbo's new confidence has made him the new leader of the group. He has come through when he has been needed most and the dwarves respect him for it. So when he proposes to sneak back into Smaug's lair to see what he is doing, they accept the idea without any objections. Bilbo comes to regret this decision, because Smaug and he have a discussion which leads to the destruction of the Lake-town and the smashing of the secret entrance.

"This is the Arkenstone of Thrain," said Bilbo, "the Heart of the Mountain; and it is also the heart of Thorin. He values it above a river of gold. I give it to you. It will aid you in your bargaining." (Bilbo Baggins, Chapter 16, p. 272-273)

Bilbo has taken the one object that Thorin values the most and given it to the Wood-elves and Bard. He hopes it will end the stand-off between them and the dwarves. He knows Throin will be very angry with him, but he feels it is the right thing to do. Gandalf, who has heard what he has done tells him he has done well. This does not cheer Bilbo much, because he knows the coming days will be very hard for him. He is proven right, as Thorin throws him out of the Mountain, after he hears of Bilbo's actions. It also doesn't in the end change how the two camps feel about each other. It takes the Battle of the Five Armies to bring the two groups together as one to fight a common enemy.

"So began a battle that none had expected; and it was called the Battle of Five Armies, and it was very terrible." (Narrator, Chapter 17, p. 281)

As the Dwarves fight the Wood-elves and Lake-men, they are startled to see goblins and wild wolves descending on them. They want the treasure for themselves, so Gandalf brings the three warring parties together to fight the common foe of the Goblins and Wild Wolves. The fighting is fierce and it takes the help of the Eagles and Beorn to win the battle for the Dwarves, Wood-elves, and Lake-men. Many are lost in the battle including Thorin, Kili and Fili.

Although they won, none of the winners feel happy about it, because so many of their comrades have been lost.

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