Questions tagged [the-hobbit]

For questions about The Hobbit, a 1937 Children's novel by Tolkien. Please always use with the [tolkiens-legendarium] tag. For questions about the film adaptations use in conjunction with the film tags, [an-unexpected-journey], etc.

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What did the Dwarvish Runes Say in the Final Shot of the Hobbit (Part I)?

In the final shot of the first Hobbit film, there is a series of a runes displayed prominently on the wall I cannot, unfortunately, locate a screenshot for it - too current, I think. Can anyone tell ...
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What non-canon elements were added to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Taking into account the Lord of the Rings Appendices and all of Tolkien's other writings (including his letters) I'd like to know what elements of the film were entirely created by Peter Jackson and ...
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Did Radagast's saving of the hedgehog scare away the spiders?

I did not understand this scene. It was presented in a way that somehow communicated that saving the dying hedgehog somehow drove away the attacking spiders. They made it look like if the hedgehog ...
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Why didn't the dwarf women have beards in The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey?

I may have missed it with the 3D, but I could have sworn I saw what I suspect was a lady Dwarf or two running from the Erebor in the beginning of the Hobbit, but they didn't seem bearded. If dwarf ...
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What elements from non-Hobbit Tolkien canon have been included in the Hobbit movie?

I don't expect a great answer till all parts are released, but at least, as per the current knowledge, what elements (plot, characters, events, ideas, dialog, items etc..) are known to be in Peter ...
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What parts of the Hobbit book are covered by the first film?

The Hobbit is being adapted to film in several parts, the first of which is titled: "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" What parts of the Hobbit book are covered by this film?
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Why did Smaug gather a treasure of gold and other precious objects?

In The Hobbit, the Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf are on a mission to rob Smaug. But why did he have so much to steal from? He's a Dragon! He is not the kind of dragon that eats gold and gems. He doesn't ...
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Was Mount Erebor called “The Lonely Mountain” because it was the singular feature in the area, or for some other reason?

Was Mount Erebor called "The Lonely Mountain" because it was the singular feature in the area, or for some other reason? The map to The Lonely Mountain.
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What does Gandalf say To Galadriel in the Hobbit trailer?

In the Hobbit trailer Galadriel asks Gandalf: And he responds: What does he say to her? Its very hard to understand the last few words of his sentence
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Significance of the White Stag and Hunt in The Hobbit

I am re-reading Tolkien's The Hobbit (in anticipation of the movie), and was wondering if there was some further significance to the appearance of the white stag/deer. In the chapter "Flies and ...
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Was Gollum always a hobbit?

Gollum first appears in The Hobbit, as a pitiful creature from whom Bilbo 'steals' the ring. From what I remember, there is no mention of his hobbithood. He's just a unique creature Bilbo finds. ...
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What is the name of the Master of Lake-town?

I know that Tolkien never defined the Master of Lake-town to have a name. I want to have him appear in a game I organize and it would be very awkward if I could not use a name for him. With the ...
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“Three parts of the goblin warriors of the North perished on that day.” How many does “three parts” represent?

In The Hobbit, there is this sentence: Songs have said that three parts of the goblin warriors of the North perished on that day, and the mountains had peace for many a year. I would understand if ...
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What happened to the treasures the “Master of Lake-town” took with him?

I want to let players in a game that I organize search for the treasures that the master of Lake-town took when he left. Is there the possibility that he hid them somewhere before he died? Or does ...
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Why does Bifur have an axe in his head?

I recently purchased a book called "The Hobbit : An Unexpected Journey Almanac 2013". In the book it shows Bifur the Dwarf having the remains of an orc axe in his head. The book states, "Unable to ...
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Where will Jackson draw from to expand the Hobbit into three films?

Where will Peter Jackson get the extra story to expand the Hobbit into three feature length films? If I remember correctly, the book was shorter than of any of the books in the Lord of the Rings.
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What are the reasons for the feud between Bilbo and the Sackville-Bagginses?

Other than the fact that Bilbo chooses Frodo to be his heir, are there more long standing reasons for the feud between Bilbo and the Sackville-Bagginses?
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What is “a small goblin-imp”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a “goblin-imp”? Gollum used the One Ring to hunt and fish for food in and around his cave under the Misty Mountains and likely would have eaten Bilbo had ...
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Were Elves half the size of Humans? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men? This sketch by Colin Williams suggests that elves were half the size of a human. Also they are much more 'alien-like' than Peter ...
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Can Gandalf actually appear out of nowhere like in 'The Hobbit'

In the 1977, animated version of 'The Hobbit' we see Gandalf appear out of nowhere in front of Bag End and again as they travel to Rivendell. Can Gandalf really appear out of nowhere in Tolkiens ...
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The Hobbit: Why did Gandalf insist that Bilbo go with the dwarves?

I wonder if Tolkien ever explained why Gandalf insisted that Bilbo should go with the dwarves on their journey to reclaim Erebor. Gandalf didn't know about the One Ring and Gollum at that time. Did ...
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Did the Cave Trolls turn to stone when the shadows lifted from Mordor?

Did Sauron's Cave Trolls that roamed about under the shadows in and around Mordor turn to stone when shadows were lifted? Are all Trolls affected like Bert, Tom, and William in The Hobbit?
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Where did Gollum's boat come from?

In The Hobbit Gollum lives in a cave deep under a mountain next to a lake. Yet he has a boat. Where did he get it from?
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Is it advisable to read The Hobbit before reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy?

I'm mildly shocked I can't find this question on this site through my many searches... Simply put, if I'm interested in reading the LotR trilogy, should I read the Hobbit before reading the trilogy? ...
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Is there any evidence that Lucas' “Willow” was a “Lucas-remake” of “The Hobbit”?

Citing cracked.com "5 Pop Culture Classics Created Out of Laziness": Lucas later repeated the same trick after failing to get the rights to The Hobbit: He made Willow, a film about short people in ...
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Why does Frodo appear in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit?

Why do Frodo and other characters that don't appear in The Hobbit appear in the cast of Peter Jackson's film? Frodo turns 33 when Bilbo turns 111, so Frodo was born the day Bilbo turned 78. In FOTR, ...
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Why was Dale rebuilt?

Why was Dale (the city ruined ages ago by the dragon Smaug), featured in Tolkien's The Hobbit, rebuilt after the events of the aforementioned story? As far as I can remember, the dragon laid not ...
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What age group did Tolkien write The Hobbit for?

Tolkien wrote The Hobbit as a story for children. However, I've never seen a specific age mentioned. Did Tolkien intend the story for young children or for teens? What reading level should a child ...
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Was Gimli the last of his race?

In the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, dwarves play a fairly central role: They drive the entire plot of The Hobbit, and much of Fellowship is centered upon Moria, the dwarven stronghold. We see ...
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What are the revisions in the (Revised Edition) of The Hobbit?

So this past Saturday a group of my friends and I all watched the three The Lord of the Rings extended edition movies in one sitting. That night, I borrowed a copy of The Hobbit, which I've never ...
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What role does Radagast the Brown play in “The Hobbit”?

Having heard that Sylvester McCoy is slated to play the role of Radagast the Brown in the upcoming film adaptations of "The Hobbit", I am wondering what role this character actually plays in those ...
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Early in The Hobbit the dwarves refer to a king - which king?

From chapter two of The Hobbit, Roast Mutton: They have seldom even heard of the king round here... Which king are the dwarves referring to?
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Why was Gandalf involved with the Dwarves' quest to rob Smaug?

From what I understand, the Istari were sent in to help the peoples of Middle-earth get through the third age. Why then, did Gandalf help the Dwarves along (and get Bilbo involved) in their quest to ...

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