The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Peter Jackson took a lot of poetic license with the movies. No romance between dwarfs and elves in the book, and needless to say Legolas doesn't make an appearance in the book either.
Gandalf introduces Bilbo to Thorin and company and they hire him as a burglar and set off for Thorin's mountain home which has been controlled by the dragon Smaug for years. They encounter trolls who try to eat them, goblins who try to enslave them (Bilbo finds "The Ring", while escaping from the Goblins), eagles who rescue them from the goblins, a shape-shifter who offers them shelter and wood-elves who imprison them. With Bilbo's help the dwarfs overcome all obstacles and return to their mountain stronghold.
They awaken the dragon who attacks the human village, Esgaroth. Bard with help from a thrush who overheard Bilbo telling the dwarfs of Smaug's weak spot kills Smaug. The humans and elves head to the Mountain assuming that Smaug killed the dwarfs and the treasure will be theirs. The dwarfs are outraged that the humans and elves came to plunder their treasure and the humans and elves are outraged the dwarfs refuse to share the treasure. The humans and elves lay siege to the mountain. Thorin sends the ravens for reinforcements from Dain.
Bilbo takes the Arkenstone of Thrain to Bard so the humans and elves can use it to reason with the dwarfs. When Thorin learns what Bilbo has done he has harsh words for the hobbit and throws him out. Dain arrives and battle is fixing to start when Gandalf warns of the goblins approaching army. The humans, elves and dwarfs join forces to fight the goblins, and receive unexpected help from the eagles. After the battle Thorin, on his deathbed asked to see Bilbo so he can forgive him.
Bilbo returns home with some of the treasure only to find his kinfolk making off with his household goods after having him declared dead.
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