The story begins with Bilbo Baggins a hobbit, enjoying a pipe after breakfast. Bilbo is middle-aged, and resides in a clean warm burrow in the ground and leads a fairly quite and normal life. One morning Gandalf, a mystical wizard stops by to chat with Bilbo. Gandalf tells Bilbo that he is looking for someone to go on an adventure with him. Bilbo is tempted with the idea of going on a adventure, but declines in the end.
After Bilbo's decision Gandalf decides to leave but not before Bilbo invites him for tea the next morning. The next day Bilbo hears his doorbell and expects Gandalf to be at the door, but is met by dwarves. Thirteen dwarves to be exact. They all invite themselves into Bilbo's house. One of the dwarves is Thorin son of the dwarf king. Thorin starts to tell and outline a plan on they are going to regain the treasure that was stole by the evil dragon Smaug.
Bilbo is shocked to fine out that these plans involve him. He realizes that Gandalf had tricked him by inscribing on his door that he was a burglar that was looking for a job with lots of excitement. Gandalf reveals a key and a map of their journey which ends at the Lonely Mountain. On Lonely Mountain is where Smaug guards the treasure of Thorin's ancestor. The quest begins when the group meets at the Green Dragon Inn. From the Inn they set out on their venture through the Lone Lands.
quickly into the adventure heavy rains begin to fall, and Bilbo notices that Gandalf is missing. This is odd for Bilbo at first but it will happen allot through out the rest of the story. When the rain starts to pour, they stop to look at a light. After investigating the light they find three trolls pour they stop to investigate a light.
There Bilbo finds three trolls talking about food. Bilbo trying to show he is cool decide to live up to title of burglar and attempts to pick pocket one of the trolls. However that is quickly cut short because Bilbo is captured. The other dwarfs see what is happening and try to save Bilbo.
Their rescue party is a complete failure and all but Thorin is caught. With everyone else captured Thorin devices a plan to save his captured comrades. Thorin plan is also a failure. Then Gandalf returns and occupies the trolls till dawn.
Once dawn all of the trolls turn to stone. They group escape and take the two swords and a knife the trolls were carrying. The travelers then come across the Secret Valley. They stop at Elrond 's Last Homely House. There Elrond tells them the only way to use the key that Thorin possesses is to wait where the thrush knocks and the setting sun will shine up on the keyhole. With this new information they set out again towards Misty Mountains.
A violent storm has caused the group to seek shelter in a cave. The safe cave they took for shelter turns out to be a entrance to a goblin kingdom. Like with the trolls the group is captured again. this time Gandalf is the only one free. Gandalf saves the group by slaying the Goblin King. However during the escape Bilbo is knocked unconscious and left behind.
Bilbo awakes and finds himself with a ring that makes him able to go invisible when put on. Bilbo puts the ring upon his finger and disappears. He follows Gollum toward the exit of the cave. Once outside Bilbo is quickly reunited with his dwarf friends. After escaping the goblins they quickly encounter Wargs (large savage wolves). The Wargs chase the group into the trees.
Up in the trees they feel pretty safe. So Gandalf uses his magic to make all of the pine cones catch fire. When the pine cones catch fire it scares away the Wargs and they figure they are safe. The plan then backfires because the trees they used for refuge is now ablaze. If it wasn't for the King of the Eagles they would have died. The eagles spotted them and the eagles swooped down and carried the group to safety.
The eagles dropped the group near Mirkwood Forest, where they were heading. Here is were we meet Beorn. Beorn is a man who can change himself into animals such as a bear. Beorn and the group make friends and Beorn puts the party up for the nights and also helps get them supplies for there adventure into Mirkwood. Beorn also tells them some advice about the forest. He tells them not to go off the path and not to drink from a black stream no matter how thirsty, or they would fall to sleep for days.
Just as the party is about to enter the forest Gandalf announces that he will not be going with them. The group isn't happy with this but they still go' on. In the forest they come across a black stream, and it is here were Bomber falls in and is put in deep sleep which he can not awake from. Soon food starts to become scares and the group is led off the path by visions of elves feasting in the forest. Once they get close enough and announce themselves the elves disappear. Soon Bilbo is found separated from the group again.
Bilbo figures he will have a quick nap and awake and find the group. Once he awakes he finds himself tied down by a giant spider. Bilbo uses his sword to cut himself free from the spider. Then he attacks the giant spider and kills it. Bilbo feels very proud of himself and decides to name his sword "Sting." Bilbo then decides to look for his friends, he finds them captured also by spiders. Bilbo puts on his ring and goes invisible and helps the group escape.
The group is celebrating their escape from the spiders when they are captured by Wood Elves. Bilbo is the only one to escape the capture by wearing his ring. While invisible he follows the elves to their home where his friends are held. Once inside he gets the idea to free his friends by putting them into barrels.
Once in barrels he put them in the river so they could float to Lake Town and be free. In Lake Town they get more supplies and venture on to the Lonely Mountain. On the mountain they heard a thrush drop a snail to the rocks. Recalling what Beorn told them about the thrush and sunlight, they quickly found the hidden back entrance to the dragon Smaug's lair. Bilbo puts on his ring and goes to confront the dragon. Once there he notices that on Smaug's stomach there is a scale missing.
this place on Smaug's stomach is his one weakness. After taking to Smaug while invisible he returns to his friend and tells them about Smaug's weakness. Smaug however is angry about his little invisible visitor and decides to go destroy Lake Town. When Smaug attacks, a thrush told Bard (the captain of the archers) that Smaug has a weak spot in his stomach.
Bard used his black arrow (which he never misses with) to slay the beast. Then the towns people are so happy that they make Bard king of Lake Town. With Smaug dead the men and elves go to claim the treasure. Dwarf troops under Thorin's kinsman Dain also appear. There bickering was soon changed to alliance when the Wargs and Goblins approached... and so began The Battle of the Five Armies.
During the battle Thorin is hurt and killed and Bilbo gets knocked unconscious by falling rocks. The eagles as well as Beorn, in bear form join the fray. The Wargs and goblins were quickly eliminated. Bilbo later returned to his burrow under the hill with a with treasure, a invisible ring and he proved to himself a lot.
Bilbo is very glad that he went on this once in a life time journey. 314.