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Bilbo Baggins There and Back Again A Hobbit's Tale

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Meet Bilbo Baggins

The following tale describes what happened to one particular hobbit, when he opened his perfectly round, front door. He would often say.

'Going out of your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to'

Source. The Hobbit or There and Back Again. By Bilbo Baggins

Suffice it to say, he rarely had adventures and enjoyed the quiet life.

This is how a very unusual hero's quest began, and how Gandalf invited Bilbo Baggins to share an adventure.

Firstly a 'short' introduction; for those of you who are unfamiliar with Hobbits.

Bilbo's Hobbit Hole at Bag End

Original illustrations by JRR Tolkien unless stated

Original illustrations by JRR Tolkien unless stated

What is a hobbit

Hobbits are small, about half the size of a full grown human.

They tend to be fat, as they like good food and drink. Hobbit's don't tend to wear shoes as they have large feet, covered in curly fur.

They have warm friendly faces, and have the everyday kind of magic of becoming invisible, when people like us bumble into their part of the Shire.

Bilbo was in his 50's, which meant that he was a young adult.

Hobbit homes

Bilbo Baggins like most hobbits, preferred a quiet life with plenty of good food, lashings of drinkables, and a nice cosy hole in the ground to call home.

These holes in the ground are not damp, smelly or full of bugs, but very comfortable and beautifully decorated. Hobbit homes are filled with many well stocked cupboards, pantries and cellars. With fine carpets and very comfortable furniture.

With deep set windows along the hillside aspect, allowing the sunlight to illuminate the whole interior. All in all a very pleasant hole in the hill.

They have well tended gardens, and love nothing better than to grow their own fruit and vegetables. They are particularly happy when tending to their gardens and relaxing.

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Many Meetings

Bilbo Baggins' hobbit home was named Bag End, in the Shire of Eriador.

The Shire was a particularly beautiful and peaceful part of Middle-Earth. The Shire was first settled by Hobbits, in 1601 of the Third Age, SR (Shire Reckoning)

Bilbo was an unexceptional hobbit in every respect. He especially liked to know where his next meal was coming from, and did not like adventures at all.

He was however, to become embroiled in one of the biggest adventures; that Shire folk had ever heard of.

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The adventures would span several of our lifetimes, and would change Bilbo in ways he could never imagine.

There and Back Again, recounts the story of his heroic quest, and departure from his idyllic life.

In so doing he set in motion a series of events, that would eventually change the course of history, not only for himself and the Shire, but for the whole of Middle-Earth.

To say that Bilbo was a reluctant hero, would be an understatement. The last thing he wanted was wild adventures or an unexpected journey.

He did like having visitors, as long as he knew them, and were of the sensible type.

The Hobbit had heard of strange tales from other parts of Middle-Earth, and would look the place up, on the map, purely in order to avoid going there, at all costs.

He had no idea that his simple life was about to be turned upside down, and an epic story of courage, friendship and loyalty emerges.

It just goes to show what can happen, when a Hobbit, a Wizard and few Dwarves get together.

An Unexpected Journey

When Gandalf the Wizard, and the first Dwarves began to arrive at Bilbo's home, to discuss and plan their journey. They had many maps to examine and matters to discuss.

'What started out as a simple quest to burgle a dragon's hoard of gold and treasure would turn into an adventure of epic proportions. Although it didn't look like it was going to turn out that way at the time.'

Bilbo usually liked company, especially when he knew the visitors. He became a little perplexed when a seemingly endless collection of Dwarves, began arriving at the circular front door, of his lovely little home.

The uninvited (by Bilbo) guests arrive

The Dwarves who arrived in rapid succession were.

The brothers. Dwalin, a blue bearded Dwarf and Balin, a very old looking Dwarf

Kili and Fili, equipped with tools and a spade for the burglary.

Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin

Gandalf the Wizard (considered by some as a troublemaker. Although he did make great fireworks) arrived with. Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, and Thorin Oakenshield, a rather haughty and aloof character altogether.

13 Dwarves in all. They set about ordering what they would like to eat and drink, and talking about the adventure at hand. Dwarves love nothing better than eating, drinking and chatting about adventurous plans. Especially if it involves Dragons, gold and mountains.

Not wanting to be ungracious, Bilbo rushed around finding plates and cups, food and drink for the almost constant flow of new visitors. Whilst Bilbo was completely befuddled by the almost constant arrival of new Dwarves he was far too polite to complain. Hi did think that the Dwarves looked like a rough lot.

By the time the last visitor had settled in, Bilbo was completely flustered and bewildered.

The Dwarves saw that the hobbit was perplexed, and helped to disperse the victuals to all and sundry.

Bilbo was very tired and sat quietly listening, as the company discussed all kinds of terrifying things, including dragons, adventures and treasures, deep into the night.

The assembled company examined the Middle-Earth Maps, to find a way through, avoiding as many dangerous places as they could. As you may see from the map below, it is full of pitfalls, swamps and other spooky things.

Baggins the Burglar

The discussion revolved around how to get into, and relieve the dragon Smaug, of his gold and treasure.

Bilbo found himself drowsily agreeing to a suggestion, on how to go about sneaking in undetected. By the side entrance.

Then the Dwarves began to sing a low lament, involving deep places in the earth, treasure and such things that conjured dreams in the sleepy hobbit mind, of far away places.

The song pleased the assembled company no end, and persuaded them that Bilbo was the very hobbit for the 'job'. He was indeed the perfect burglar and so relaxed.

This passed by the hobbits sleepy attention, without a flicker of understanding of what he had just heard suggested. As far as he was concerned he had not agreed to go along and that was that.

You must remember dear reader, that Bilbo was from a very well to do family. The Bagginses were well respected in the Shire. They were also moderately well off, which meant that they were considered upright pillars of the community. This adventuring malarkey, was against his better judgement, to say the least.

Bilbo was very happy with his life up to this point, and was content to see out the rest of his days, in quiet repose in the comfort of Bag end,

An Unexpected Journey begins

The very next morning, Bilbo woke to find himself alone and the Dwarves gone. It seems that they had accepted his refusal to be their burglar, and had simply left. At least the house was tidy again and suddenly, very, very quiet.

By the time he had finished having that last thought, he somehow found himself setting off, no running off, down the road trying to catch up with this motley crew.

He was setting out on an adventure, that he has no idea how he got involved in and really cannot believe what he is doing. But he just keeps going.

Although he did find it intriguing, to listen to the company talk about this adventure, somehow he couldn't remember how he had decided to be actually going along too.

How he came to be in this predicament was a mystery to him. Some say that one of his ancestors on the TOOK side of the family, had gone on an adventure once, and maybe he had inherited a little of this Tookish behavior.

Bilbo found himself leaving his beloved Bag End, on an unexpected journey to, who knows where. He didn't even have time to have breakfast, collect a hat, handkerchief, walking stick, or any money.

What unfolds in the following chapters, is a brilliant, epic story of action, adventure and heroism, the likes of which few hobbits have ever seen. It is a true masterpiece.

First published by Allen & Unwin in 1937. History Professor, JRR Tolkien's, The Hobbit or There and Back Again by Bilbo Baggins, was written originally as a children's book.

It is that, and a whole lot more. If you haven't read it yourself. I highly recommended it.

Truly, It is a timeless classic. It's one of those rare books, you will want to read again and again and you will always find something new.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie trailer

An Unexpected Journey The Movie

The movie, The Hobbit is in three parts. The first episode, titled. An Unexpected Journey, by Lord of the Rings Director. Peter Jackson, introduced a whole new generation to this brilliant and epic story.

Short review of the Movie

Jackson has done a truly masterful job, just as he did with the Lord of the Rings Movies. It is another triumph and a great treat for Tolkien fans.

It will play well to an audience new to the story. The movie works in it's own right and no prior knowledge is required. It stands alone on it's own merit. Quite a feat in itself.

It is a visual treat in beautiful Real 3D. The movie sticks to the original novel as only Jackson seems able to pull off. Probably the best movie I have seen this year. I recommend you see it for yourself.

The star cast includes. Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Richard Armitage and of course Hobbiton in the Shire.

Bag End in Hobbiton, The Shire, Middle-Earth


Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on February 21, 2015:

Hi Brett, I posted a few things and then had to go into grandpa mode for the new arrival. Catch up with you soon.

Brett C from Asia on January 01, 2015:


Thanks for the tip! I joined, but haven't received their activation email yet (not in spam either). How are you finding it? It certainly looks interesting!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on May 31, 2013:

Hello tillsontitan,

It is a fantastic tale. I am happy to have had the chance to write about it. Tolkien is one of my all time favorite writers. A very talented chap.

Mary Craig from New York on May 31, 2013:

I read The Hobbit so long ago there is little I actually remember. You totally fixed that. This easy to read and follow hub took us all right to the Shire of Eriador and was a great introduction to Bilbo Baggins!

I know I'm late coming to this party but so glad I found it and read this enlightening hub. Great job. Now I have to see the movie as I loved the others.

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on April 22, 2013:

Hi Nell,

It is a great movie isn't it.

We just bought the DVD too.

There is so much crammed into this film, that it's nice to go through it again at home.

Nell Rose from England on April 22, 2013:

Just came back to say that I saw the film a week ago, and it was great! I thought that it might not be as good as the Lord of the Rings, but it was, it didn't disappoint, can't wait for the next in the series, nell

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on December 18, 2012:

Hello Theresa,

It is from such a fantastic writer of course. I just love these stories.

Tolkien as you probably know was also a great historian.

Have a wonderful break over the holidays.


Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on December 16, 2012:

Hello Michael - Just read this again for the sheer pleasure of it. A great write! :) Christmas is getting closer. Take care. Blessings!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on December 13, 2012:

Hi Denise,

I am sure you will enjoy it. He really does capture the essence of the book.

I am not going to give away any of the secrets. lol

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on December 13, 2012:

That's great to know...we're planning on seeing it during the Christmas holidays.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on December 13, 2012:

Hi Suzie,

I watched the first movie 'An Unexpected Journey' this afternoon.

It was excellent.

This Director really knows how to handle these very precious stories.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on December 13, 2012:

Hi Denise,

The books are worth a read at any age. They speak to us about higher values. Glad you liked this hub.

I have just returned from watching the movie. It is brilliant. Peter Jackson really has done a great job again.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on December 13, 2012:

Hi Mike,

Great job on this snapshot of another epic I can't wait for. Tolkien.s book were classics and The Lord of The Rings was one of my favourite trilogies on the big screen.

Thank you for bringing us The Hobbit and I can't wait to see all the parts over the next few years!!

Votes Up, Useful, Interesting, Awesome, Shared!!

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on December 12, 2012:

What a wonderful review you've done here. I never read the books growing up, but did watch the Lord of the Rings movies. I have to admit that I had trouble understanding and following everything that was going on. I found your review immensely helpful. Thank you!

Rated up/U/I/A Well done. :)

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 23, 2012:

Hello vespawoolf,

I have been a fan of Tolkien, since I first picked up; the Hobbit in the 70's.

It is a great read, and the movie's have been sensitively produced by Peter Jackson.

Looking forward to the new movie too. :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 22, 2012:

I love the friendly voice you used while writing this review. I feel like I've been on an adventure with a hobbit! I enjoyed the books as a child and have watched the Lord of the Rings series. Now I look forward to The Hobbit movies...this is the first I've heard of it! Thanks for a great review.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 20, 2012:

Hi Nell,

Maybe we should organise a premier party for the launch of the movie. Red carpet and all. : )


Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 18, 2012:

Hi Vox Vocis,

You are a very lucky person, never to have read it yet.

It is a treat for the imagination, enjoy the Hobbit and the movie.

Lucky you.

Jasmine on November 18, 2012:

We'll see whether I'll see the movie or read the book first. Anyway, plan to do both. It's strange that Bilbo wasn't into adventures, as it seems that reading the novel alone will be adventure of its own. Interesting review, voted up!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 12, 2012:

Why thank you cfin,

Much appreciated.

cfin from The World we live in on November 12, 2012:

Just fantastic!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 12, 2012:

Hello Wesman,

' The Silmarillion' . Wow, you are a true devotee of the great man himself. Tolkien. To delve so deep.

I have read The Silmarillion, amongst several other more obscure tomes from JRR.

I am currently reading The Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun published post mortem by his son and it is brilliant I must say.

The book was found as an incomplete manuscript and has been deftly edited by his son Christopher Tolkien.

The movie looks like it is going to be very good. I agree it is one to be seen in the theatre.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 12, 2012:

I'll even bring the cakes : )

Nell Rose from England on November 12, 2012:

lol! yep been trying for an invite! still waiting!

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 12, 2012:

Hello Nell,

They are a great read, I can highly recommend the whole series of books. They are brilliant.

Wow you sons friend is married to a Tolkien.

Invite us both around for tea and cakes : )

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on November 12, 2012:

I re read "The Hobbit" this year myself. Very enjoyable read, of course - and quite a lot different than either LOTR or "The Silmarillion."

I can't wait for the movie....the first one, I mean...I think I'll even go see it in a theater...which is a really rare thing for me.

Nell Rose from England on November 12, 2012:

Hi Michael, loved this! I love all the films, but never ever read the books strangely enough. My brother has read them all, so maybe I will give the hobbit a go, I was going to buy it last week, but thought I would hold out for the film, my sons friend is married to Tolkiens nephew I believe, could be a cousin, not sure, so I keep trying to get her to sneak out a first edition! lol! voted up! and shared, nell

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 12, 2012:

Hello Aurelio,

I know the hobbit can be a tough cookie to crack. With all the secret languages and code words to unravel.

I found the whole process fascinating. The movie looks like it is going to be a smash hit.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on November 11, 2012:

This is great prep for the upcoming movie. But I must confess I couldn't get through "The Hobbit" in book form, although I enjoyed "Lord of the Rings." Maybe the movie will get me back into The Hobbit again. Voting this Up and Interesting. SHARED.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 11, 2012:

Hello Penelope,

I have to agree. The book is always better.

Many Tolkien fans were very worried, when Peter Jackson made the first films but he stuck to the spirit of the books and managed in my opinion to pull it off.

There have been some dreadful films of this series of books and that is just annoying for many fans.

I think Jackson will do a good job again. Fingers crossed.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 11, 2012:

Hi Vellur,

I think the book is always better than a movie version. At least Peter Jackson is a great fan and has done a pretty good job so far.

Nothing beats our own imaginations, it's true.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on November 11, 2012:

Yes, it's a whole lot more than a children's book. Loved it back in the day and would like to read it again this winter in front of the fire. Wonder if the movie will contain the magic; there is such a difference between literature and movies from books - no matter how brilliant the effects.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 10, 2012:

A great review, am waiting to see the movie. I always feel the original book is better than any movie version. Hobbit is my favorite.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 10, 2012:

Hello prasetio30,

I am happy that you enjoyed this little introduction to possible the most wonderful series of books by the great JRR Tolkien.

Thanks for accepting my offer, of the exchange of links.

I have added your hub link, into my hub on orchids.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 10, 2012:

Hi Gypsy Rose Lee,

Glad you enjoyed reading this hub. I really enjoyed writing it.

Reminded me what a great writing is all about. A pure joy.

Micheal (author) from United Kingdom on November 10, 2012:

Hello grand old lady,

I agree. It is a magical book and appeals to all ages. It has many layers and is always a great read.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 10, 2012: