Gandalf leads them into a deep crevice in the rocks before the orcs are driven off by elvish horsemen. Pursuing the invisible Bilbo, Gollum inadvertently shows him the way out of the cave.
Bilbo invites Gandalf to come back for tea on Wednesday and then completely forgets the whole thing. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities Bilbo manages to steal a cup and hurriedly exits but Smaug awakens and begins to rage.
It is then Bilbo finds out the ring can make him invisible and he uses this power to sneak past Gollum and out of the mountain. Influences[ edit ] One of the greatest influences on Tolkien was the 19th-century Arts and Crafts polymath William Morris.
Bard and the elves arrive to take the treasure only to be told they cannot have it. Bilbo wants no part of any adventure, but Gandalf has other ideas.
The hobbit chapter 1-8 summary
And yes, that's the very same ring Bilbo has just found in the dark. Bilbo is quite content at Bag End, near the bustling hobbit village of Hobbiton, but one day his comfort is shattered by the arrival of the old wizard Gandalf, who persuades Bilbo to set out on an adventure with a group of thirteen militant dwarves. One night the group is forced to take shelter in a cave during a bad storm. He puts the ring in his pocket and forgets about it. Bard tells them he will not allow provisions to be delivered to them inside the Mountain. The unwilling hero of The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins , is persuaded to join Thorin and his 12 dwarfs to recover their stolen treasure, which is being guarded by the dragon Smaug. Many years before, the evil dragon Smaug came and killed many of Thror's people and stole his treasure. Gandalf and the dwarves reach the bottom and run past Bilbo and Gollum to escape from the goblin caves. Now, obviously, Bilbo is not an expert burglar. Themes from Old English literature , and specifically from Beowulf , shape the ancient world Bilbo stepped into. But the ring is especially needed when the group arrives at Smaug's mountain. One day, the young Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is unexpectedly visited by the wizard Gandalf the Grey and twelve homeless dwarfs led by their former king Thorin and decided to vanquish Smaug and recover Erebor and their treasure. In many ways the Smaug episode reflects and references the dragon of Beowulf , and Tolkien uses the episode to put into practice some of the ground-breaking literary theories he had developed about the Old English poem in its portrayal of the dragon as having bestial intelligence. Thorin is reluctant to use an elven sword but Gandalf persuades him, saying such a fine weapon is a rare find.
Inside, Smaug arouses from a pile of gold coins, opening one eye. Gollum drops a gold ring and Bilbo puts it in his pocket. To them, the world was alive with mythological beings
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