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My favorite part of the book would be when Smaug, the dragon, is killed. This is great because now the travelers can get the treasure much easier. Even though Bilbo wasn’t the one to kill Smaug, he was the one who provided the information to kill him. Bilbo found a soft spot on Smaug near his left breast. This is where Bard, one of the archers defending the town and a descendent of Girion, shot Smaug with an arrow and was victorious. The arrow killed the feared beast.
Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, changed quite a bit throughout the story. In the beginning when he was first recruited to go on the quest with the dwarves, he was a well-respected, quiet, member of his community. He lived in his hole in the side of a hill and never thought of adventure. As he is on his quest every encounter he has with people, animals, and beasts helps him to become braver and more adventurous. After Smaug had been killed, Bilbo went back to his home (the hole in the hill) which was being auctioned off because he was presumed to be dead. After he got everything straightened out in that situation he went back to being a quiet little hobbit that lived in a hole, thinking back on his adventurous quest.
One of the themes of The Hobbit concerns the use of power on many different levels. One example of power would be Gandalf’s magical powers that you see him use immediately. At the very beginning of the story he places a mark on Bilbo’s door that causes the dwarves to gather at the hobbit’s hole. Gandalf seems to know a lot more about Bilbo than can be explained, and he has a gift for prophecy.
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The setting of the story takes place in the lands of Wilderland. It is through Wilderland that the hobbit, Bilbo, and the dwarves travel through to retrieve their lost treasure. As they move on through Wilderland, they encounter many different people, animals, and beats that cause different problems, making the quest more adventurous. The different towns, mountains, and forests that the travelers have to endure make the quest very troublesome. A big help to get past all of this was the ring that Bilbo found which made whoever was wearing it invisible. Bilbo used the ring many times to escape and avoid trouble.
If I were to write a letter to the author, JRR Tolkien, it would consist of all positive things. I do not think there was one downfall to the novel. It was one of those books I could not put down. Tolkien did not stretch things out too much, but at the same time gave enough detail for everything. The whole time I was reading there was something going on: A new problem or another animal/beast to escape or kill. Another thing is that this story was well written. It was very easy to understand and comprehend.
On a scale of one to five stars (five being the best) I would rate this book with four stars. It was a really great book, and that surprised me. I thought it was going to be another boring book for school, but it was interesting. It is not the type of book I normally read, which would be biographies of my favorite athletes and motocross magazines, but it was a nice change. Tolkien did a good job of making sure there was always some type of action happening. My favorite character is a tie between Gandalf and Bilbo, the hobbit. Gandalf has great magical powers, but Bilbo is the main character and is the reason that the travelers were able to get the hoard.
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa on January 3, 1892. He graded school certificate exams during summertime to supplement his small faculty salary. John thought this was really boring work, and one day he found a blank page in one of the exam booklets, and wrote thoughtlessly, “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” Not much happened with that sentence for many years, but he did tell stories to his own children, and in the early 1930's, he began to write down the stories he was telling his children, and they became to be the book known as The Hobbit.
I do not think this book should be required for all ninth graders because it is not a book that teaches life lessons. The Hobbit is a fictional book that consists purely of enjoyment. The story is not a subject that should be taught in schools because it has no moral value. Books that should be required are books that inform the reader of our country’s/world’s past. Novels about slavery and presidents should be required for ninth graders. The Hobbit is a great book, and is a story that should be read for pleasure.