The Hobbit, Independant Reading Journal Entry

The Hobbit- IRJE

In the book named The Hobbit written by J.R.R Tolkien, the main characters, which include thirteen dwarves and one Hobbit adventure back to their homeland to reclaim there rightful treasure and mountain from an evil dragon named Smaug. Once they achieved this Thorin, the Dwarf king is unwilling to give up a portion of the gold he owes to the men and elves who live below. Thorin grows evermore greedy as time goes by especially for the Arkenstone. This is a family heirloom which he must be in possession of to feel like a true king. Bilbo, the one Hobbit has stolen this heirloom and justifies it as his fourteenth share of the treasure. In the night he sneaks away in hopes to support the Elves and Men in their bargaining. Bilbo is doing what is necessary to prevent bloodshed. During Bilbos time negotiating with the men and elves, he explains,

“This is the Arkenstone of Thrain,” said Bilbo, “the Heart of the Mountain; and it is also the heart of Thorin. He values it above a river of gold. I give it to you. It will aid you in your bargaining.” (Pg. 248)

This quote stands out to me because it emphasises Thorin’s intentions and tells the reader more about Bilbos values. This allows you to connect more with the character. Even though bilbo could keep all of the gold with Thorin he decides to take a more ethical path.

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