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Book I Chapter One A Long Expected Party The story begins with the eleventy-first birthday party of Mr Bilbo Baggins a hobbit who has been a bit of a celebrity in the shire for many years He is a wealthy hobbit and he has many friends and admirers One of his younger cousins is Frodo Baggins who Bilbo has adopted as an heir Since Frodo and Bilbo have the same birthday September 22 they plan to share a party and a lot of excited gossip precedes the party The fireworks of the wizard Gandalf who has carts of his equipment and magic stuff sent in advance provide entertainment As a social event the party is successful Bilbo makes an announcement to the crowd saying that he is immensely fond of you all but this is the END I am going I am leaving NOW GOOD-BYE After saying this Bilbo vanishes This is on account of a magic ring that he has obtained in an adventure that is described in detail in Tolkiens book The Hobbit Bilbo then reappears inside of his home well away from the party Bilbo is leaving for the city of the elves which is known as Rivendell and he has left everything to his heir Frodo It is the wise wizard Gandalf who convinces Bilbo that he should also turn over the magical ring that he had won from a creature called Gollum By this time however Bilbo is already a little attached to the ring mainly for the powers of invisibility that it offers Throughout the novel we will find that this ring holds a special power over the bearer Bilbo offers the ring to Gandalf but in the end Gandalf suggests that the ring be given to Frodo Some of the other belongings are distributed to neighbors friends and relatives Gandalf remains with Frodo and Bilbo heads off on his new adventure
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