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Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit one of a race of short timid creatures who live in cozy tunnels and who prefer to keep their lives ordered and predictable One day he unexpectedly finds himself playing host to Gandalf the wizard and thirteen dwarves The dwarves with Gandalfs help plan to travel to the Lonely Mountain to recover the treasure that a dragon named Smaug stole from their people long ago Gandalf has selected Bilbo to be their burglar The dwarves are not too happy with the wizards choice especially when Bilbo faints at the first talk of danger But Gandalf insists there is more to the little hobbit than meets the eye Bilbo himself is not sure that he is happy about being chosen burglar But a part of him does yearn for adventure and so one spring morning he finds himself setting out for Lonely Mountain with Gandalf and the thirteen dwarves He does not prove very helpful at first But then something happens that changes Bilbos life He finds a magic ring that makes him invisible and has several opportunities to use it to rescue the dwarves from danger and imprisonment They become quite impressed by him and even rely on him just as Gandalf foretold Bilbo and the dwarves finally reach Lonely Mountain the home of Smaug the dragon The dwarves send Bilbo down a secret passage to the dragons lair Bilbo has more confidence in himself now and not only steals a cup but manages to hold his own in a conversation with the wily Smaug not an easy thing to doFurious that someone has dared steal a piece of his treasure Smaug attacks the mountainside where the dwarves have their camp Then he flies toward Lake-town to punish the inhabitants for helping the dwarves The people of Lake-town run at the sight of Smaug but one man Bard holds his ground He kills the dragon with his last arrow and
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