Conflict In The Hobbit

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“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit” (Tolkien, 7). With those great words we were introduced to the greatest saga of high fantasy known to man. The Hobbit, by J. R. R. Tolkien, narrates the adventure of the simple hobbit Bilbo Baggins who is recruited by Gandalf, a wizard, to help a group of dwarves defeat the dragon Smaug and restore the Lonely Mountain to Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the dwarves and rightful heir to the kingdom. The territory in question, the Lonely Mountain, was once the richest kingdom in Middle-earth until a fire breathing dragon reeked havoc on the mountain, killed most of the dwarves, and stole the dwarves treasure. Although defeating the dragon may seem like the chief difficulty in their travel, the true conflict in The Hobbit is the struggle between the dwarves and their inner greed. In order to reacquire the Lonely Mountain, the dwarves must overcome their inherent lure towards richness. Dwarves came to be by Aüle the Smith, one of the…show more content…
Unlike dwarves, “dragons were greedy, cunning, seductive and malicious, probably a creation by Morgoth out of fire and sorcery sometime in the First Age” (Dragons). The looting of the Lonely Mountain by Smaug was merely part of his nature. Unlike the dragons, the dwarves were naturally kindhearted folk whose greed was not large and excessive. The dwarves came to Bag End with some absurd hope that they would return to the Lonely Mountain with the help of the burglar Bilbo. As they progressed through the forest and regions, their hopes only increased and the thought that the King under the Mountain would be reestablished became more tangible; but with that their lust for richness increased with the looting of the troll’s hideout, and the killing of the goblin king. Smaug was indeed a great obstacle, greater than the goblins or spiders, yet his slaying and the reestablishment of the King under the Mountain was still building up to the war and Thorin’s
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