History Literature / TheHobbit

13th Nov '17 10:17:43 AM AnotherGuy
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** Bilbo, while pelting the dragon with riddles, accidentally gives Smaug the impression that he was one of the Lake-men, which causes him to target Laketown.
19th Oct '17 6:47:23 PM FateStayWho
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* DeusExMachina: Gandalf's main role for most of the book. The dwarfs are about to eaten by trolls? He shows and rescues them. The whole company is caught by goblins? He kills the Great Goblin and helps them escape. After being absent for most of the book, he shows at the climax when the Men of Laketown and the Elves are about to fight Thorin's dwarven allies and reveals that an army of goblins is one the way to kill all of them.


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* GenericDoomsdayVillain: The Necromancer due him never actually appearing on-screen. He is described as a dangerous villain whom Gandalf considers facing more important than Thorin's quest, but the reader learns nothing about him since nothing about the battle with him or his actual villainy is elaborated on. Ultimately he's less a villain an excuse to keep Gandalf out of the story.


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* OffStageVillainy: The Necromancer. Gandalf's dialogue implies his villainy is very infamous, but none of it is actually elaborated on.
15th Oct '17 8:43:51 PM Theriocephalus
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* HostageHandlerHuddle: When the trolls capture Bilbo and the dwarves, they quickly get into an argument as they can't agree on how to cook them, with each troll putting in his own suggestion for how to prepare their meal and disagreeing with the others'. Every time the trolls start to agree, an outside voice (which later turns out to have been Gandalf) chimes in and restarts their argument. This persists so long, the sunrise catches them by surprise and [[TakenForGranite turns them into stone]].
14th Oct '17 11:55:37 PM Fiwen9430
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: All over the place, since Tolkien hasn't quite fleshed out Middle-Earth at the time of writing:
** In the first version of the book, Gollum willingly bet the Ring. [[OutOfCharacter For obvious reasons after Tolken started writing Lord of the Rings]] he removed this in later versions.
** Elves in general are portrayed as far more whimsical than the more stern and mysterious race they would become. In particular, Elrond's first appearance has him prancing around and singing a silly song.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: All over the place, Noticeable, since Tolkien hasn't quite fleshed out Tolkien's perspective of Middle-Earth at was constantly changing (and would continue to do so), and because the time of writing:
story was specifically intended as a bedtime story for his children:
** In the first version edition of the book, Gollum willingly bet the Ring. [[OutOfCharacter For obvious reasons after Tolken started writing Lord of the Rings]] he removed this in later versions.
** Elves in general are portrayed as far more whimsical than the more stern and mysterious race they would become. In particular, Elrond's first appearance has him prancing around and singing a silly song.
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** Magical creatures such as Smaug and the trolls are more commonplace, as opposed to their scant appearances in LOtR.
** Orcs are exclusively referred to as 'goblins', despite being the same creature in canon.

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** Elves in general are portrayed as far more whimsical than the more stern and mysterious race they would become.
** Magical creatures such as Smaug and the trolls are treated as more commonplace, as opposed to their scant appearances in LOtR.Lord of the Rings.
** Orcs are exclusively almost always referred to as 'goblins', despite being the same creature in canon.
14th Oct '17 5:10:45 PM dartblaze
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first version of the book, Gollum willingly bet the Ring. [[OutOfCharacter For obvious reasons after Tolken started writing Lord of the Rings]] he removed this in later versions.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: All over the place, since Tolkien hasn't quite fleshed out Middle-Earth at the time of writing:
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In the first version of the book, Gollum willingly bet the Ring. [[OutOfCharacter For obvious reasons after Tolken started writing Lord of the Rings]] he removed this in later versions.versions.
** Elves in general are portrayed as far more whimsical than the more stern and mysterious race they would become. In particular, Elrond's first appearance has him prancing around and singing a silly song.
** The One Ring is merely treated as a powerful and unique magical item that grants the wearer invisibility, with no other ill effects or connections to a wider world.
** Magical creatures such as Smaug and the trolls are more commonplace, as opposed to their scant appearances in LOtR.
** Orcs are exclusively referred to as 'goblins', despite being the same creature in canon.
26th Sep '17 9:55:50 AM Geoduck
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* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Smaug, of all individuals, has one about Bilbo before they meet.
25th Jun '17 8:01:52 AM Theriocephalus
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Smaug is killed, the enemy forces are defeated and Bilbo returns home safely - but Laketown was destroyed, who knows how many thousands of Elves, Men and Dwarves lost their lives - including Thorin, Fili and Kili - and Bilbo's experiences mean he's no longer fully accepted in Hobbit society. Not that he minds too much about that last bit.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Smaug is killed, the enemy forces are defeated and Bilbo returns home safely - -- but Laketown was destroyed, who knows how many thousands of Elves, Men and Dwarves lost their lives - -- including Thorin, Fili and Kili - -- and Bilbo's experiences mean he's no longer fully accepted in Hobbit society. Not that he minds too much about that last bit.]]



* BoisterousBruiser: Beorn, at least [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold once you've gotten through his defenses.]]

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* BoisterousBruiser: Beorn, at least [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold once you've gotten through his defenses.]]defenses]].



* {{Giant Spider}}s: Talking, man-eating, venomous spiders the size of people infest Mirkwood. It's enough to make one wonder why the elves still live there.

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* {{Giant Spider}}s: GiantSpider: Talking, man-eating, venomous spiders the size of people infest Mirkwood. It's enough to make one wonder why the elves still live there.there.
* GlowingGem: The Arkenstone is described as shining with its own pale light even in the darkness.



-->Step Two; Find and open the secret door to the treasure chamber where the dragon is sleeping.

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-->Step Two; Find and open the secret door to the treasure chamber where the evil, powerful dragon is sleeping.



* MoodWhiplash: At first, it seems like a classic adventure story...then, Smaug annihilates Laketown and kills hundreds of people, then he dies...and eventually, Thorin goes mad, armies besiege Erebor and tens of thousands of men, elves and dwarves are killed the Battle of the 5 Armies, including Thorin, Kili and Fili.

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* MoodWhiplash: At first, it seems like a classic adventure story... then, Smaug annihilates Laketown and kills hundreds of people, then he dies...dies... and eventually, Thorin goes mad, armies besiege Erebor and tens of thousands of men, elves and dwarves are killed the Battle of the 5 Five Armies, including Thorin, Kili and Fili.



* OneHitKill: To be fair, Smaug got hit ''lots'' of times before, but none of those arrows [[ImmuneToBullets were able to penetrate his armor.]]

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* OneHitKill: To be fair, Smaug got hit ''lots'' of times before, but none of those arrows [[ImmuneToBullets were able to penetrate his armor.]] armor]].



* PrettyButterflies: On the treetops in Mirkwood.

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* PrettyButterflies: On There are enormous, black-purple butterflies living in the treetops in Mirkwood.



** In the original edition of ''The Hobbit'', Gollum gave Bilbo the ring willingly after losing the riddle game to him. After Tolkien had started working on ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and decided that the ring was an ArtifactOfAttraction that had corrupted Gollum, this did no longer fit the character of Gollum nor the nature of the ring, so Tolkien rewrote chapter 5 of ''The Hobbit'' in later editions so that Bilbo accidentally found the ring after Gollum had coincidentally lost it. The introduction of the 1951 second edition even mentions that Bilbo initially told a different story, and suggests his earlier "lie" may already have been due to the bad influence of the ring's magic.

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** In the original edition of ''The Hobbit'', Gollum gave Bilbo the ring willingly after losing the riddle game to him. After Tolkien had started working on ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' and decided that the ring was an ArtifactOfAttraction that had corrupted Gollum, this did no longer fit the character of Gollum nor the nature of the ring, so Tolkien rewrote chapter 5 of ''The Hobbit'' in later editions so that Bilbo accidentally found the ring after Gollum had coincidentally lost it. The introduction of the 1951 second edition even mentions that Bilbo initially told a different story, and suggests his earlier "lie" may already have been due to the bad influence of the ring's magic.



* SequelHook: In the foreword to the second edition, Tolkien notes that the account of Bilbo's encounter with Gollum is different in this new edition, and Bilbo lying about how he acquired the Ring is of great importance. The reason for this will be revealed in the (then-published) [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings sequel]].
** In later editions this sequel hook is removed, and instead at the end the reader is directed to ''The Lord of the Rings'' for further adventures.

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* SequelHook: In the foreword to the second edition, Tolkien notes that the account of Bilbo's encounter with Gollum is different in this new edition, and Bilbo lying about how he acquired the Ring is of great importance. The reason for this will be revealed in the (then-published) [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings sequel]].
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sequel]]. In later editions this sequel hook is removed, and instead at the end the reader is directed to ''The Lord of the Rings'' for further adventures.
25th Jun '17 12:07:38 AM akanesarumara
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** After Bilbo manages to get the dwarves into barrels, he realizes that he didn't put one aside for himself and there is no one to seal him in even if there was. This is lampshaded by the narrator, who then challenges the readers if they could have done any better.

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** After Bilbo manages to get the dwarves into barrels, he realizes that he didn't put one aside for himself and there is no one to seal him in even if there was. This is lampshaded by the narrator, narrator saying the readers likely saw the fault in the plan before Bilbo did, who then challenges the readers if they could have done any better.
12th Jun '17 10:48:36 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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-->'''-Opening Lines'''

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