Questions tagged [the-hobbit]

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Why did Bilbo on Ravenhill prefer on the whole to defend the Elvenking?

Chapter XVII when the battle seemed lost and their faith doomed. Why thus Bilbo preferred on the whole to defend the Elvenking?
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Was Bilbo still on Ravenhill among the Elvenking's guard wearing the ring?

When the eagles had not come yet and the battle seemed lost, Bilbo stood on Ravenhill among the Elves and saw Gandalf sitting on the ground in deep thought, preparing, he supposed one last blast of ...
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Does the Necromancer from “The Hobbit” have anything to do with the Dark Lord Sauron? [duplicate]

I finished reading The Hobbit around a week or so ago, and given how ominously the Necromancer was mentioned, I was sure he was being set up to be the main villain (or somebody very important to the ...
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Would the sword be visible if Bilbo wasn't holding it? [duplicate]

Today was rewatching the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and got very curious about a scene after the riddle game between Gollum and Bilbo where Bilbo gets stuck between the cave walls / rocks ...
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How was the door to Bag End able to be green?

In The Hobbit (and The Lord of the Rings) the door to Bag End is described as green. I'm curious to know how this was achieved; is outdoor weather proof paint easily made, and a technology that would ...
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Why is Bilbo's door and Hobbit house so incredibly oversized in Tolkien's own final illustration in The Hobbit?

Tolkien was a good artist to say the least. He did not have problems with perspective and whatnot in the other illustrations he made for The Hobbit, so that can't really be the explanation. Yet, the ...
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Do we know Sting's real name and anything else about its history? [duplicate]

During the events of The Hobbit, after dealing with the trolls, the Bilbo and co. find three magic weapons in the troll's lair: ... among them were several swords of various makes, shapes, and sizes. ...
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Do the trolls in the Hobbit have a magic purse, and did they enchant it themselves?

In The Hobbit, in chapter 2: Roast Mutton, there's a scene where Bilbo sneaks up on some trolls. Rather than go back and warn the dwarves, he attempts to pickpocket one of trolls before he does. From ...
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Why is the narration of the chapter “Riddles in the Dark” done in the first person?

I'm re-reading The Hobbit after years. Just started the chapter "Riddles in the Dark"... and I was struck by the use of first-person narrative in this chapter. "I should not have liked ...
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What was Thorin's plan if Bilbo hadn't woken up Smaug?

In The Hobbit, Thorin sends Bilbo in first to scout out the mountain and maybe snatch the Arkenstone if convenient, all ideally without waking the dragon (Smaug). Of course, the dragon is awakened and ...
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Why doesn't Thorin die when he is stabbed by Azog?

In the Hobbit movies, Thorin is stabbed by Azog two times: First in the foot and then the chest. The second stab was potentially fatal. Yet how did Thorin survive such a fatal stab, let alone have the ...
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Why did Tolkien italicise ‘cram’?

In The Hobbit (or at least in my edition, HarperCollins 2011), the word ‘cram’ is italicised wherever it appears. Cram is (as according to Chapter XIII, Not at Home) biscuitish, keeps good ...
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Why is Azog the Defiler sworn to wipe out the line of Durin in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit movies?

I've read that Azog swore an allegiance to Sauron to destroy the line of Durin. Which implies that Sauron was the one who wanted the Durin line wiped out. Like it was some part of a larger plan to ...
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Why does Smaug have 4 legs in the 1st movie but only 2 legs in the 2nd?

In the movie, The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, Smaug has 4 legs. If you look closely in this scene where he crawls into the mountain, he has 2 fore legs and 2 back legs. ...
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Why does Thorin tell Bilbo that he has “keen eyes”?

In the second film why does Thorin think Bilbo has keen eyes? Bilbo finds a mountain sized dwarf carved into a mountain that they are all standing next to and for some reason Thorin thinks it means ...
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Was Smaug sealed inside the Lonely Mountain?

The dwarves said there was no way into the mountain before Gandalf gave Thorin the key... in the movie. So I was wondering, how did Smaug get out to eat?
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What does “We have long ago paid the goblins of Moria,” from The Hobbit mean?

“We have long ago paid the goblins of Moria,” said Thorin. From chapter 1 of the book The Hobbit by Tolkien. What does it mean? Did the goblins pay for their murder or did the dwarves stop paying ...
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Was “The Hobbit” ever abridged?

I know the Hobbit was written as a children's book (tale?) and I saw this when I searched the site for similar questions to this one. The story itself can certainly be regarded as almost a fairy tale ...
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How can Radagast come across Gandalf and Thorin's company?

At the moment, I'm reading The Hobbit, and I just watched the first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It was fun to note where the movie was following word by word the book, and when it gave ...
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Why are Hobbits so fond of mushrooms?

In both the book and the movie it would seem that Hobbits are especially fond of mushrooms, sometimes braving dangers to harvest them. I have seen somewhere an interview in which Tolkien claimed he ...
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Are all instances of trolls turning to stone ultimately references back to Tolkien?

Are there any antecedents other than Tolkien for trolls turning to stone? When I was a kid, I remember trolls appearing in one of the earliest episodes of The Real Ghostbusters (the fifth episode "...
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How do the Eagles decide where to drop people off?

In The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, eagles appear occasionally. How do they decide where to drop people off? Is it directed by a character? Or are they conscious enough to decide on a ...
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Was the Lonely Mountain, where Smaug lived, a volcano?

Was the Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit a volcano? If not, how did the dwarves get enough heat to run the huge forges? I am asking about the books, not the movies.
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In-universe, is there any reason Gandalf considered the number thirteen to be unlucky?

In the first chapter of The Hobbit, Gandalf says this about choosing a hobbit for the fourteenth member of the party: “Of course there is a mark,” said Gandalf. “I put it there myself. For very ...
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Why did Gandalf put the dwarves and the hobbit in danger of going through the cursed forest?

Why did Gandalf put the dwarves and the hobbit in danger in The Desolation of Smaug by going through the "cursed forest"? Gandalf clearly said he would go another way around, which means there's ...
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How old is Aragorn at the time of the Hobbit movies? [duplicate]

At the end of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Legolas was sent to find Aragorn. But in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Bilbo is already 111 years old. So Aragorn must be ...
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Was Smaug awake when Bilbo entered Erebor?

The Hobbit movie ends with Smaug being awoken by a bird who was knocking on a wall with snail, right? So, was Smaug awake when Bilbo entered Erebor Halls to find the Arkenstone in the 2nd movie? ...
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What is the relationship between Dale and Esgaroth/Laketown?

Dale sat on the threshold of the Dwarven kingdom of Erebor, while Esgaroth/Lake-town was located a bit further south, on the lake. In the movies, I haven't read the books yet, both are described as ...
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Who sent the thrush to help Bard?

In The Hobbit Bard kills Smaug the dragon. In the book he is informed by a thrush of the dragon's one unprotected spot. But who sends the thrush to help Bard?
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Did Frodo and Gimli ever discuss the adventures of Bilbo and Glóin with each other?

Bilbo and Glóin journey to the Lonely Mountain together in The Hobbit, and share in many adventures including battling a dragon. Considering that Bilbo recounted his adventures to Frodo, and ...
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Did any of the remaining Dwarves visit Bilbo after the events of The Hobbit?

After the Battle of the Five Armies, just as Bilbo is leaving the mountain, he turns to the dwarves and says: "If ever you are passing my way," said Bilbo, "don't wait to knock! Tea is ...
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Why could Azog’s orcs run around in broad daylight?

In The Fellowship of the Ring live action movie, Aragorn says after Moria: By nightfall, these hills will be swarming with orcs. And indeed, the creation of the Uruk-hai appears to be to allow for ...
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Tolkien's quote about sadness of kings

I have been searching for a quote by Tolkien, presumably from The Silmarillion, which says (paraphrasing here) that the great kings had a sadness in them because they had seen the suffering from the ...
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Thorin's imprisonment “set right”

In The Hobbit, Thorin and company are imprisoned in the Elven king's dungeons. After a time, Bilbo helps Thorin and the Dwarves escape, and the Elven king seems to intend all along to take some of ...
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Was Saruman already siding with Sauron before Dol Guldur? [duplicate]

in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. after Galadriel, Elrond and Saruman rescue Gandalf and banished the formless Sauron they encountered Saruman proceeded to go after Sauron alone ...
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Was The Hobbit meant to be an adaptation of There and Back Again by Bilbo?

I know that The Hobbit was written before LOTR and retconned to be part of the legendarium in the second edition. I also understand it was to some extent a children's book. Both of these explain the ...
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At the end of the Hobbit, if Strider was already a Ranger, how come he still looks that young in Fellowship of the Ring? [duplicate]

I didn't read the books (obviously), so I am kind of confused. Do Men live that long in Tolkien's world? I know Gandalf is supposedly an old-timer as well, but he's a wizard so it kind of doesn't ...
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Why did it take less time to go from Rivendell to the Shire than it did to go from the Shire to Rivendell?

Although this question has already asked about the different times for traveling to Rivendell from the Shire, it did not address the duration of the return journey from Rivendell to the Shire that ...
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Why did Tolkien refer to goblins in The Hobbit but orcs in The Lord of the Rings?

The Wikipedia article "Orc (Middle-earth)" informs, The Hobbit generally uses the term goblin, while The Lord of the Rings prefers orc. Furthermore, Andres F.'s answer "Are orcs and goblins really ...
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Are there other dragons in Middle-earth by the time of The Hobbit?

The Hobbit deals with the Dwarves trying to reclaim their mountain homeland from the dragon Smaug. During this time, are there other dragons who are alive in Middle Earth?
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Who is 'you' in “I See Fire” from “The Desolation of Smaug”?

In the song "I See Fire" from The Desolation of Smaug, who is the 'you' referring to? Specifically, in 'I hope that you remember me'. Now I see fire, inside the mountain I see fire, burning the ...
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What happened to Tauriel after the events of the Battle Of the Five Armies? [duplicate]

I know this is probably a difficult question to answer, since as far as I know Tauriel is a character that was created just for the movies, but if anyone has any quotes from the director or cast or ...
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Is Smaug a reptile?

Basically, as the title asks. Dragons are often referred to as reptilian in various stories, but I don't think I remember Tolkien ever specifying this about Smaug. I looked a bit, and couldn't find ...
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In-universe, what was Legolas doing during the events of The Hobbit (book version)? [duplicate]

In the Peter Jackson The Hobbit movies, we see that Legolas was one of the elves that personally captured the dwarves in Mirkwood forest, pursued them down the river, fought some Orcs in Lake Town, ...
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What is the purpose of the “Good Morning” dialogue from The Hobbit?

In the novel The Hobbit, towards the start of the story Bilbo wishes Gandalf a good morning: "Good Morning!" said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. ...
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Why could the trolls from the Hobbit speak, whilst the ones in LOTR could not?

What is the reason for this? I understand that the Hobbit was intended as a children's book so elements such as this can be understood, but is there any legitimate reason why these trolls possessed ...
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From what distance can Sting detect Orcs or Goblins?

Having re-watched the Hobbit and LoTR trilogies recently and I wondered if there was any evidence in any of Tolkien's writings as to the what is the greatest range at which Sting (and other elven ...
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Does the elven stronghold in Mirkwood have a proper name?

In the Hobbit the dwarves are captured by elves in Mirkwood and taken to a stronghold on the northeastern side of Mirkwood along the Forest River referred to as "The Elvenking's Halls". Image credit:...
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What is the backstory for these two men in The Hobbit?

These two people give Thorin the staredown when he arrives at the Prancing Pony in Bree. Who are these people? I didn't recall reading about them in the books.
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Why doesn't Smaug die in the 2nd Hobbit film if it was titled the 'Desolation of Smaug'? [duplicate]

Doesn't desolation mean a state of complete emptiness or destruction? So why doesn't Smaug perish by the end of the 2nd Hobbit film if the film's title was made to describe his end? He only dies at ...

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