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S: The Hobbit and Lord of The Rings Review Russell and Mitchem

BC: About the Authors: Nick and Max are good friends, they meet a little over 2 years at the Saint Joseph Tennis and Swim Club. This is there first year at the same school. They both enjoy the Eagles Special Thanks: Mrs. Fite Mrs. DeVore & Mrs. Roberts | Recomended Books by the autors: The Alchmiest The Magician City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass Pendragon (Seris) Last of The Mohicans Lord of the Rings (seris) Magyk Flyte Pysiks

FC: The Hobbit Review By: Nicolas Russell and Max Mitchem

1: Welcome place of great magic and mysteries. Welcome to the amazing world and works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Welcome to Middle Earth

3: Chapter 1: Hobbits

5: Hobbits:: Hobbits are very short people. They livei n a small region of Middle earth that they call The Shire. They are shorter then dwarves. Hobbits are usually called the little people. They have no magic of their own except to dissapear. Hobbits like food very much, they like food so much they eat every meal twice a day. Some of their favorite things to do is eat, smoke, and be without adventure (except Tooks). Unlike other creatures hobbits do not wear shoese because their feet have leather like soles and are very hairs. These small people live in holes under hills.

6: Bilbo Baggins:: Now that you know a bit about hobbits lets talk about Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo was a peace loving hobbit like most other hobbits until Gandlaf came along. One day Gandalf sends dwarves into his house by pairs. He feeds them until they are 14. Then Bilbo worries there will be no food for him. When Thorin arrives and the dwarves begin to sing of far away places, Bilbo is forever changed.

9: Chapter 2 : The other adventurers

11: Gandalf : Gandlaf is a wizard form the order of Istari. He was given the elven Ring of power called Narya, the Ring of Fire. Gandlaf eventually finds a sword called Glamdring. He leads the expedition to Lonley Mountain even though he is barley with the hobbits and dwarves. In the Two Towers Gandalf the Grey becomes Gandalf the White leader of the Istari, To Men he is know as Mithrandir. Gandlaf is willing to sacrifice himslef for his beliefs (as seen on next page).d

13: Gandalf is a great exemple of a scapegoat, he is willing to die for what he belives in. There is no end to his courage and bravery that he show, he fights the Balrog on the Bridge of Khazad-Dum (left). He also is willing to jump into a crowd of wargs to save Bilbo and Company ( Below). Each time he survies by luck or his skill of magic and sword?

14: Dwarves : Dwarves are creatures that live in mountains. They are great minners and are very greedy. They are short but taller then hobbits. Also, they usually have a braided beards. Dwarves favorite weapons are axes. The dwarves in The Hobbit are Balin, Dwalin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Gloin, Boufur, Ori, Oin Bifur Bombur, and Thorin Oakensheild.

16: Lonley Mountain

17: Chapter 3 : The Journey Begins

18: An Unexpected Party

19: One day Gandalf pays Bilbo a visit. When Gandalf asks if Bilbo would be interested in going on an adventure, Bilbo declines and quickly excuses himself. He invites the wizard to come over for tea sometime but only so as not to seem rude. The next day Bilbo is surprised to find not Gandalf at the door, but dwarves. Dwarves begin to arive untill at last, Gandalf appears with Thorin. The dwarves and Gandalf clean bilbo uot of all of his food then start to talk. Gandalf, against bilbos will, chooses him ro play the role of the thief in this adventure. After talk and song of treasure, Thorin is given a key and map by Gandalf, which show a secret passage into the Lonley Mountain, the final destination of the Quest.

21: Roast Mutton

22: Trolls Trolls are large ugly creature that are very slow on the uptake. As most people would say they are very stupid creatures. Trolls cannot be in sunlight so therefore during the day they must take refuge in somwhere sheltered from the sun, and in that refuge they usually have a small hoard they got from innocent traveler.

23: What Happened; The dwarves saw a light in the distance and decided to prove Biblo's worth by sending him to ivestigate. Bilbo crept up and saw 3 trolls ( William, Bert, and Tom) sitting by a fire roastin mutton. Biblo thinks that if he pickpockets a troll the dwarves will think he is worth having but he gets caught. The dwarves are wondering where Bilbo is and they come to the fire one by one the dwarves came and were captured. When Thorin came he put up a fight and gave Bilbo enought time to escape. Then Gandlaf came along and helped the dwarves escape by getting the trolls to argue until the sun came up and they turned to stone. They found some treasure in the trolls hoard which included 3 elven blades. They buried their treasure for the return journey.

24: A Short Rest

27: In Rivendell, The dwarves , Bilbo, and Gandalf learn that the blades they carry are elven made. Gandalfs is Glamdring or Foe Hammer. Thorins blade is Orchirst. Known to goblins as Beater and Biter, which the hate very much. Both made for the Goblin Wars. Here they meet Elrond from the House of Elrond. He gives them more provisions, tells them about a road through the Misty Mountain, and desiphers the moon runes for them.

28: Bilbo and Co. take the road Elrond told them to use for the crossing of the Misty Mountains. It starts to strom and rock giants come out and hurl rocks. They are worried that they will be kicked sky high. | OVER HILL ONDER HILL | Then Bilbo and Co. hide under and overhang, soon Kili and Fili find a cave and the group moves to it. Soon after they fall into a deep sleep Bilbo has a horrbile dream about goblins in the cave.

29: Bilbo wakes to see that his dream has come true. He only has time to give out a small cry. It is enough to wake Gandalf, and he startes slaying goblins, but he was not quick enough for the goblins escaped wiht Bilbo and the Dwarves. They were carried down deep inside the heart of the mountain and are brought before the Great Goblin. He pulls Orchrist from Thorins sheath and the goblins go crazy. Then the large fire goes out and the Greath Goblin is beheaded by Glamdring. The dwarves, Bilbo, and Gandalf make a run for it and they are pursued by goblins in a frenzy. Bombur is carrying Bilbo and Biblo gets hit by a rock and is knocked uncncious. What happens next??? Goblins- Goblins make many many usfull things but unlike the elves, dwarves, men they make nothing beutiful

30: Riddles In the Dark

31: Biblo wakes up and finds himself in the darkness. He moves forward and eventually finds himslef in a cavern with a lake. He notices the water and does not know how deep it is he also finds a ring. Then he hears it, a creature. Gollum, a hobbit that was transformed into a monster by the One Ring. Bilbo and Gollum make a deal. If Bilbo wins then Gollum has to show him how to leave. If he loses Bilbo will become lunch for Gollum. So they start telling each other riddles and it goes on for a while. Bilbo is saved by 'luck' during one of the riddles. Then Bilbo runs out of riddles and he asks what is in my pocket. When Gollum loses he attack, but Bilbo puts the ring on and dissapears. He escapes Gollums grasp by a few feet.

32: Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire

33: Bilbo meets up with the dwarves with his burgalur 'tricks'. The dwarves are suprised he snuck up on them. They climb down the mountain with a landslide, and land in a meeting circle of Wargs ( think of them as mutated wolves). They climb and trees, and Gandalf throws fire pincones at them. He is about to sacrifice himself so the other can escape. He jumps and before he hits the Wargs, the eagles come and lift them into the sky.

34: Queer Lodgings

35: Gandalf disappoints the company by announcing that he must leave. He says, however, that he will stay around long enough to help them find food and ponies so that they can make their way on their own through Mirkwood—the last great obstacle before the Lonely Mountain. He leads them to the house of Beorn. Beorn is a half-man, half-bear creature who has a great wooden house in the middle of the woods outside Mirkwood. Gandalf takes the dwarves to Beorn's house a few at a time, so as not to startle him. He tells Beorn the story of their adventure in the mountain. Gandalf's story amuses Beorn greatly because he despises goblins, who are enemies of nature. Beorn offers the company much-needed food and lodging. He also does sfinds that the Wargs and goblins have put together an attack party. Beorn recommends that the group take the northern pass (the elf path) through Mirkwood, which will bring them near the Lonely Mountain. The northern pass is not entirely safe either, so Beorn repeatedly warns his Bilbo and Co. never to stray from the path. Beorn provides the group with food When they reach the path, Gandalf also departs, wishing his friends the best and reminding them never to stray from the path—dark things lurk in Mirkwood that even the wizard does not know about. On that note, the dwarves and the hobbit plunge into the forest.

36: Flies and Spiders

37: Darkness falls upon Bilbo and the dwarves as they enter the bleak forest of Mirkwood. Strange eyes peer out at them from the trees. Soon, the group cannot tell night from day. Everyone can think only of getting out of the stuffy, ominous woods, but there seems to be no end in sight. After a few days, they come to a stream that Beorn had warned them not to touch. They cross using a boat already moored there, but a dwarf, Bombur, falls in and is put into a sleep that lasts for days. Later they are attacked by giant spider, when Bilbo finds the dwarves it seems to late. Then he pulls through and insults the spider and throws rocks at them. He names his sword 'Sting' and kills many spider. He frees his friends and they flee.

38: Barrels out of Bound

39: After they defeat the spiders they are captured by wood elves. The dwarves are locked in seperate cells and it is up to Bilbo to save them. Bilbo will not leave the fortress of the elves for fear that he can not get back in. He hears a gaurd talking about a new wine they got by the river, he also hears that they will send back some empty barrels. Bilbo grabs keys from a drunken gaurd and frees the dwarves from their cells. He puts them in barrels but Bilbo forgets about himslef, so he just rides on top of a barrel down the river.

40: A Warm Welcome

41: As Thorin & Co leave there "comfortable" rides they head towards the Laketown, where they recive nice lodgings and were well fed. Bilbo, on the downside, came down with a nasty cold. After some rest Thorin & Co continued on there quest to the Lonley Mountain, accompanied by ponys that were a gift from the lake people.

42: On The Doorstep

43: The hobbit, by chance, stumbles upon the secret door into the lonley montain. Thorin & Co try everything to break the door open, but with no avail. Then, while the hobbit was sitting on the "doorstep" the light of the setting sun hit the door and the door cracks. The hobbit quickly calls upon Thorin, who sticks the key into the crack and the door opens.

44: Inside Information

45: The dark passage into the mountain stands open before the company. Thorin nominates Bilbo, the official burglar, to go inside to snoop. Bilbo enters, slips on his ring to make himself invisible, and proceeds down the long, dark passage into Smaug's lair. There, he sees the magnificent, terrible dragon asleep on piles of treasure. Smaug is red and gold, with fiery breath, sharp claws, and a hide as strong as a diamond. Bilbo is horribly afraid, but he works up the nerve to take a single golden cup from one of the piles. He then rushes back up to the dwarves, who marvel over the cup. Bilbo's theft does not go unnoticed by Smaug, who takes careful account of his treasure. When he awakens, he is enraged to discover that the cup is missing. He flies around the mountain breathing blasts of flame, and when he sees the company's ponies at the foot of the mountain, he chases the ponies down and devours them. Meanwhile, the dwarves and Bilbo huddle inside the secret passage, terrified. After a while, Smaug returns to his den and falls asleep. The hobbit works up the nerve to return to the dragon's lair, only to discover that the dragon has been feigning sleep. The terrible creature is wide awake, and Smaug is waiting for Bilbo. Although he cannot see Bilbo because of the ring, Smaug smells Bilbo and greets him mockingly. Bilbo is smart, though, and answers Smaug only in riddles, which amuses the dragon enough to quell his anger for a while. Cleverly, the hobbit flatters Smaug into displaying his thick-skinned underbelly, revealing an open patch in Smaug's scaly armor above his left breast. Bilbo rushes back up the passage, just outrunning the dragon's angry flames. The hobbit tells the dwarves all that he has learned while a thrush sits nearby and seems to listen. They then hear the roar of the dragon once more and shut the door to the passage just before an avalanche comes down upon it. They are trapped inside the mountain.

46: Not at Home

47: Smaug guesses from Bilbo's riddles that the company is somehow involved with the men of Lake Town, so he flies there to wreak vengeance. The hobbit and dwarves cower in the dark passage until they can bear it no longer. They slowly creep down toward Smaug's chamber. When Bilbo determines that the beast is gone, the dwarves run out to the treasure in glee, remembering the prosperous times of old. Bilbo takes only a few things. One of them is the Arkenstone, an incomparable gem that Thorin seeks but which the hobbit decides to keep for himself. Bilbo also finds a marvelous coat of mail made of mithril, a wonderfully strong, light metal that is scarcer and more valuable than silver or gold. Thorin leads the company through the passages of the mountain and out the main gate at the source of the River Running. They still have no idea what to do about Smaug when he returns. In the meantime, they are desperately hungry, so they follow the river down from the mountain to an old guard-post cavern that has not been used since the days of Thror, Thorin's grandfather. There, they rest, eat, and wonder where the dragon has gone.

48: Fire and Water

49: Smaug the dragon flies toward Lake Town to wreak vengeance. The people of Lake Town see the dragon coming from a long way off and prepare archers and many buckets of water to douse the coming flames. Their readiness is of little help, for Smaug flies over the town and lights every roof on fire. The men's arrows bounce harmlessly off the dragon's diamondlike hide. When most of the men have abandoned the city, one man, Bard, the captain of the archers, readies his last arrow. Suddenly, a thrush lands on his shoulder and speaks in a language he can understand. The bird tells Bard to watch for the dragon's weak spot in the hollow of his left breast. Bard looks, sees the open patch, and lets fly his arrow. It plunges through the chink in the dragon's armor and buries itself in his heart. The beast comes crashing down, destroying the rest of Lake Town as he dies. Bard manages to dive safely into the water and join the rest of his people, who are mourning the dead and their lost town. Some blame the dwarves for waking the dragon, but most assume that they too are dead. Then the lake men remember the gold in the Lonely Mountain, and they think eagerly of how the wealth could rebuild their town. News of Smaug's death spreads quickly. It reaches far and wide, bringing the Elvenking and an army of elves, who stop at Lake Town to lend aid. The humans and elves then gather together in a single army and march toward the Lonely Mountain. Most of them expect to find a massive treasure left unattended.

50: Gathering Clouds

51: Meanwhile, the thrush returns to the company on the mountain. Finding that they cannot understand its speech, the thrush brings an old raven that can speak in the common tongue. This bird informs Bilbo and the dwarves of Smaug's death, and they rejoice. However, their rejoicing is short-lived, as the raven goes on to describe the huge army of humans and elves marching toward them, as well as the suffering of Lake Town's people, who surely deserve some share of the massive treasure in the mountain. Thorin regards the treasure as his inheritance and plans to fight for it, however, regardless of what the people of Lake Town have suffered. Under Thorin's orders, the company retreats to the mountain and fortifies it by building a formidable wall at the main gate. From there, they watch as Bard and representatives of the elves approach. Bard informs them that he killed Smaug and that Lake Town has been destroyed. He asks that the dwarves be generous in sharing the wealth of the mountain, since they have benefited so much at the expense of the humans. Thorin flatly refuses. He feels that he owes the humans nothing since the gold belonged to his people originally. Bard gives Thorin some time to reconsider, but Thorin will not change his position. The mountain is declared besieged: nothing and no one will be let in or out if elves and men can help it. Bilbo, for his part, would gladly share the treasure. He is entirely discouraged by the whole turn of affairs. However, no dwarf questions Thorin, and the hobbit has no say in the dwarves' decision.

52: A Thief in the Night

53: As Thorin continues to search for the Arkenstone and as the rest of the dwarves worry about the armies camped on their doorstep, Bilbo decides that he must take matters into his own hands. With the help of the ring, he sneaks away from the mountain at night and into the camp of the lake men and the wood elves. There, he reveals himself and is brought before the leaders, Bard and the Elvenking. They are suspicious of him, of course, but they relax when Bilbo reveals his secret weapon: the Arkenstone. He gives it freely to Bard to be used as a bargaining chip against Thorin. Bard and the Elvenking are amazed that the hobbit would risk inciting the anger of the dwarves in order to prevent a war. They ask him to stay in the camp for his safety, but Bilbo decides to return to the mountain. On his way out of the camp, he runs into Gandalf, who pats him on the shoulder for his brave deeds. Gandalf has just arrived from his other affairs to see the end of this touchy matter. Newly hopeful, Bilbo sneaks back to the mountain unnoticed.

54: The Clouds Burst

55: In the morning, Bard returns with two messengers to entreat Thorin to accept a peaceable agreement. When the dwarf again refuses, Bard reveals the Arkenstone, the one part of the treasure that Thorin values above all the rest. Thorin is crushed, and he turns to Bilbo in rage when the hobbit reveals that he is the one who gave Bard the treasure. Thorin is about to turn violent, but then one of the messengers throws off his cloak and reveals himself to be Gandalf. The wizard commands Thorin to let Bilbo speak. The hobbit claims that, in taking the Arkenstone, he only took his fair share of the treasure, as his contract as burglar had specified. Thorin has no choice but to agree, and he angrily offers to pay a fourteenth part of the treasure to regain the stone. The men and elves are satisfied with this. Thorin, however, secretly hopes that before they make the exchange, his relatives, who are marching toward the battlefield with an army under the leadership of Dain, will be able to capture the stone by force. The new dwarf army threatens the elves and men, and they are about to engage in battle when darkness takes over the sky from the west. Gandalf tells them that a new danger has come: an army of goblins and Wargs who intend to take the treasure for themselves. The dwarves, elves, and humans are thus united against the goblins and Wargs in what is called the Battle of the Five Armies. The forces of good fight fiercely, but the goblins and Wargs are just as fierce. Bilbo stays on the mountain, a bit removed from the fighting, and watches as the elves and dwarves first send the goblins fleeing but then are forced to retreat from the vicious Wargs. Thorin fights alongside the lake men as mightily as any. However, the goblins slowly gain ground, and Bilbo is forced to retreat to the elves' camp, which is nearly surrounded. The end seems close at hand when the hobbit's keen eyes spy something in the distant skies: the great eagles are flying toward the battlefield. At that moment, however, a stone falls from the mountain and hits Bilbo on the head, and he loses consciousness. | In the morning, Bard returns with two messengers to entreat Thorin to accept a peaceable agreement. When the dwarf again refuses, Bard reveals the Arkenstone, the one part of the treasure that Thorin values above all the rest. Thorin is crushed, and he turns to Bilbo in rage when the hobbit reveals that he is the one who gave Bard the treasure. Thorin is about to turn violent, but then one of the messengers throws off his cloak and reveals himself to be Gandalf. The wizard commands Thorin to let Bilbo speak. The hobbit claims that, in taking the Arkenstone, he only took his fair share of the treasure, as his contract as burglar had specified. Thorin has no choice but to agree, and he angrily offers to pay a fourteenth part of the treasure to regain the stone. The men and elves are satisfied with this. Thorin, however, secretly hopes that before they make the exchange, his relatives, who are marching toward the battlefield with an army under the leadership of Dain, will be able to capture the stone by force. The new dwarf army threatens the elves and men, and they are about to engage in battle when darkness takes over the sky from the west. Gandalf tells them that a new danger has come: an army of goblins and Wargs who intend to take the treasure for themselves. The dwarves, elves, and humans are thus united against the goblins and Wargs in what is called the Battle of the Five Armies. The forces of good fight fiercely, but the goblins and Wargs are just as fierce. Bilbo stays on the mountain, a bit removed from the fighting, and watches as the elves and dwarves first send the goblins fleeing but then are forced to retreat from the vicious Wargs. Thorin fights alongside the lake men as mightily as any. However, the goblins slowly gain ground, and Bilbo is forced to retreat to the elves' camp, which is nearly surrounded. The end seems close at hand when the hobbit's keen eyes spy something in the distant skies: the great eagles are flying toward the battlefield. At that moment, however, a stone falls from the mountain and hits Bilbo on the head, and he loses consciousness.

56: The Return Journey

57: While Bilbo was uncontious, Beorn, The Eagles, and finally Thorin & Co, come to the aid of the battle. The battle was won, but Feli, Kili, and Thorin die. Before Thorin dies, Bilbo wakes up and the two make amends. Thorin gets the Arkenstone back and Dain is the new King Under the Mountain, and Bard is the new Master of the Laketown

58: The Last Stage

59: The hobbit and the wizard continue to the Shire, but when they get there, Bilbo finds that he is presumed dead and his stuff is being acutioned off. Bilbo has to buy back his property and loses some precious items and his respect. Bilbo does no longer care for respectable folk" but is fine with the occasional visit from a dwarve, elf, or Gandalf. one day Gandalf and Balin show up and the discuss the things that have been going on over the past couple of years.

60: Artwork of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Note: includes pic.

61: Please enjoy

62: The Black Arrow

63: Gandalfs Escape form the Oricanth. (The Fellowship of the Ring).

64: The Thrush Knocks

65: Glamdring (Foe-Hammer)

66: Legolas and Gimli form one of the oddest freindships know to Middle-Earth (Dwarves and Elves are usually very hostile towards each other.

67: An Illistration of Mithrandir (Gandlaf)

68: Gandalf fighting the Balrog on Khazad-Dum in Moria

69: Boromir son of Denthor, Brother to Faramir. Heir to the title of Steward of Gondor.

70: The Nazgul/ Ringwraths, seekers of the One Ring (below) | The Witch King Lord of the Nazgul/ Ringwraths ( Above)

71: Rivendell (Fellowship of The Ring)

72: Minis Tirith, the capitail city of Gondor. (Return of the King)

73: Osgiliath, former capital city of Gondor. (Return of The King)

74: The Aragonth

75: An Illistation of Gandlaf riding to Minis Tirith

76: Isendgaurd Flooded

77: Army of the Dead/ Dead Men of Dunharrow

78: Through the Dead Marshes

79: March of the Ents

80: Rivendell Illistration

81: I would like to thank these websites for the pictures: Google.com & tednasmith.com/tolkien.html

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