History Literature / TheHobbit

25th Jun '17 8:01:52 AM Theriocephalus
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25th Jun '17 8:01:51 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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-->'''-Opening -->-- '''Opening Lines'''
28th May '17 1:43:11 PM Lightice
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* {{Rewrite}}: 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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* {{Rewrite}}: {{Rewrite}}:
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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.magic.
** In a lesser note, some other, smaller details were also changed. For example, Bilbo's chainmail shirt changes from "silvered steel" into "silver-steel", and finally to "silver-steel that the elves called ''mithril''."
19th May '17 6:15:54 AM Tarlonniel
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** In his conversation with Bilbo, Smaug points out the obvious futility of Bilbo's mission: Without a way to get rid of the dragon, stealing the hoard piece by piece under the eyes of the dragon would take "maybe a hundred years", and even then there would be no chance for Bilbo to get his promised share of the hoard (a fourteenth) safely home to Bag End. Bilbo is completely stumped, having never thought thus far ahead.

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** In his conversation with Bilbo, Smaug points out the obvious futility of Bilbo's mission: Without a way to get rid of the dragon, stealing the hoard piece by piece under the eyes of the dragon would take "maybe a hundred years", and even then there would be no chance for Bilbo to get his promised share of the hoard (a fourteenth) safely home to Bag End. Bilbo is completely stumped, having never thought thus this far ahead.
11th Apr '17 1:54:04 PM LordOfTheSword
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* WhereItAllBegan: Although it isn't ''technically'' where it all begins, the first sentence "In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit." gives off the vibes of this trope.
11th Apr '17 1:52:18 PM LordOfTheSword
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-->'''-Opening Lines'''
25th Mar '17 9:11:50 AM fruitstripegum
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* TheBerserker: In the Battle of the Five Armies, Beorn in bear form plows through the Goblin army in an UnstoppableRage. Bonus points for invoking the literal meaning of "Berserker" (bear-skinned), too.
* BerserkButton: Gandalf warns Bilbo that it would be a very, very bad idea to talk about fur-trading around [[TheBerserker Beorn]]. Wisely, they don't.
** Taking a single piece of treasure from Smaug's hoard sends the dragon into an UnstoppableRage that scorches the whole mountainside.


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* TheBerserker: In the Battle of the Five Armies, Beorn in bear form plows through the Goblin army in an UnstoppableRage. Bonus points for invoking the literal meaning of "Berserker" (bear-skinned), too.
* BerserkButton: Gandalf warns Bilbo that it would be a very, very bad idea to talk about fur-trading around [[TheBerserker Beorn]]. Wisely, they don't.
** Taking a single piece of treasure from Smaug's hoard sends the dragon into an UnstoppableRage that scorches the whole mountainside.
21st Mar '17 6:25:24 PM BobTanaka
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* WhatTheHellHero: Gandalf gives Thorin the following cutting remark when he finds him ready to start a war to avoid giving up any of his gold:
-->'''Gandalf:''' "You are not making a very splendid figure as King Under the Mountain."
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