Fall Schedule 2017

September 2 missed

9 missed

16 The Hobbit

23 Freestyle

30 The Church History

October 7 Freestyle

14 The Fellowship of the Ring

21 Confessions

28 Freestyle

November 4 On the Incarnation

11 The Creeds

18 The Dragon and the Raven

25 The Ecclesiastical History



Hobbit Summary (Spoilers!)

Hello everyone sorry that I haven’t posted in forever but now I’m back and I’m going to resume posting on Saturdays. I’m hoping to get a fall schedule up later today so that you can see when I’ll be posting what. Now let’s just jump into this summary I wrote of the Hobbit!

Bilbo Baggins was a very respectable hobbit. He love to have parties, to give and receive gifts, but most of all, he love to eat.He had a nice, quiet life. That is until Gandalf stopped by that one fateful day. He offered Bilbo the chance to go on an adventure. Bilbo, respectable hobbit that he was, refused, “nasty uncomfortable things that make you late for dinner,” he called them. Little did Bilbo know that Gandalf wouldn’t give up that easily.

The next day there was a knock at the door, “must be Gandalf,” thought Bilbo remembering that he had invited the old wizard over the day before. He was very surprised when he opened the door to see, not the wizard, but a short man with a very bushy beard.

“Dwalin at your service,” the dwarf introduced himself.

“Bilbo Baggins at yours,” Bilbo answered very flustered. Without waiting to be invited in the dwarf stepped inside and proceeded to make himself at home. After a few more rings and quite a few knocks to Bilbo’s beautiful green door a company of thirteen dwarfs and one wizard was gathered inside his house. Bilbo demanded to know the meaning of this.

Thorin Oakenshield, for he was the head dwarf, promised everything would be explained in good time but only after a song. The dwarves then proceeded to sing a song about the mountains and forests far away. Somewhere deep inside Bilbo a kind of longing was  stirred to see the mountains and forests the dwarves sang about. After the song Gandalf introduced Bilbo as the burglar he had promised to find for the dwarves. “I’m, I’m no burglar,” Bilbo spluttered indignantly and the dwarves were quick to agree asking Gandalf why he had chosen this particular hobbit. Then that something inside Bilbo was stirred up again at this ridicule and he said he would go on the journey. The next morning Bilbo left with the dwarves bright and early forgetting in the rush his hat and pocket-handkerchief.

Soon after they started Bilbo and the dwarves found themselves in a pretty pickle. All of them but Bilbo had been captured by trolls who were discussing how they were going to cook them. Only by Gandalf’s ingenuity were they saved. The trolls lair was were Bilbo found his dagger which wold come in handy later in this book.

The next important thing happens while everyone’s asleep in a cave. Bilbo wakes up just in time to see the last of their ponies disappear into a crack in the back of the cave that wasn’t there when they fell asleep. He alerted Gandalf just as three goblins jump out of the blackness beyond where they had thought the cave ended.Gandalf made his escape but Bilbo and the dwarves were not so lucky. As they were being led by the goblins through the dark tunnels Gandalf reappeared and with his help everyone managed to escape.However, somewhere in the middle of the tussle Bilbo was knocked unconscious and left, fogotten by both goblins and dwarves in one of the darkest corners of the cave.

Bilbo woke up with a throbbing head. He lay there for a few minutes while he slowly remembered what had happened. Not remembering which way the dwarves had been going, Bilbo picked a direction and slowly crawled that way. Before long he came upon something cold and smooth on the ground. He picked it up and fingered it. It was a ring. Without thinking he put the ring in his pocket and crawled until he reached an underground lake.On this lake there lived a creature called Gollum. He had seen the hobbit coming and had gotten in his boat hoping to get himself an easy meal by way of a game of riddles. If Bilbo won Gollum would show him the way out. If Gollum won he would eat the poor hobbit.Enraged when he lost the game, Gollum chased Bilbo. As he was running Bilbo stuck his hand into his  pocket and the ring slipped onto his finger. It turned him invisible! With the ring Bilbo was able to escape Gollum and the Goblins and rejoin the dwarves.

After several other escapades including being rescued from burning trees by eagles, meeting a shape-changer named Beorn, and Bombur falling asleep because he fell into a mystic river, the dwarves found themselves tied up by huge spiders with only Bilbo to save them.He managed to do so and they found that Thorin was missing. As they were looking for him they, all except Bilbo that is, were captured by wood-elves. Bilbo slipped his  ring on his finger and quietly followed his friends back to the wood-elves fort. There Bilbo found that Thorin was being held there as well. He managed to devise a plan to get them out of there which involved packing the dwarves into barrels and rolling them into the river.

When they got to their destination they were treated like royalty. They wanted to stay but they knew they had to finish their quest. They managed to get into the cave where Smaug lived by a little passage that even the dragon didn’t know about. When they finally got the courage to all go down together they found the dragon gone. Little did they know that a man by the name of Bard had killed the dragon just a couple of days before. Their quest was over! Or so they thought.

Bard came with some men asking for some gold to compensate for the damages to Lake-town. Greedy Thorin wouldn’t budge. Bilbo helped with the negotiations by giving Bard the coveted Arkenstone which he knew Thorin would do anything to get back. At first Thorin was angry with Bilbo, but eventually he agreed that Bilbo had done the right thing.

The last big event before the end is the Battle of the Five Armies. It ends with Thorin and Fili and Kili, the two youngest dwarves, dying. Bilbo is sent home with a cartload of treasure. He lives in peace for a while  visiting the elves and writing poetry but he has lost his title of respectable for forever.

All the quotes were taken from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.