More important, the ring does not turn Bilbo into a wretched Gollum. After leaving Beorn's house, they slowly reach the same pass at the Misty Mountains where they had been attacked before by the goblins. Gollum's ring is a foil to Bilbo's riddle-game, but there is no simple equation of parallelism, foils or contrasts when we look at the two characters, Bilbo and Gollum. After a fortnight, the company is strong and eager again. There they are given a warm welcome as the town people have heard stories about Thorin's grandfather. Gandalf gives the dwarf leader, Thorin Oakenshield, a map and key from his ancestors and Bilbo goes to sleep, already regretting his decision. This works for a little while, but soon they are surrounded by hundreds of Wargs, so Gandalf uses his wand to send fire raining down upon the Wargs, catching some on fire and causing pain to others.
Instead of enjoying his present shelter, he longs for his old home. To go to the lights means they will have to leave the path, which is what Beorn and Gandalf told them never to do, but their hunger wins out and they leave the path. Once an adventure is completed, it generally has relatively little bearing on the rest of the novel. They feel very alone and depressed from the darkness and unending pathway, it seems as if they will never leave the forest. Evening comes as they pass through a grove of trees. It seems that every detail of the chapter foreshadows Tolkien's later workthe Trilogy more so than this novel. Isn't this a little unexpected though, a bit of a contrast to Bilbo's groggy complaints for more sleep-time and late-starts in the morning? They meet Beorn, and his trained horses, and Gandalf begins to tell their story.
Bilbo eventually though narrowly escapes Gollum and exits the Goblins' cave, invisible to the end. When the dwarves try to rescue him, they are caught as well. But Thorin refuses as he feels that he doesn't have to bow an armed presence in front of his gates. It takes him a few tries, but he manages to grab it, then he throws another rope to the other side and anchors it in some branches. He later buys back most of his stuff. Chapter 1: Names: Bilbo Baggins, Belladonna Took, Old Took, Bungo Baggins, Gandalf, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Thorin Oakenshield, Bull roarer, King Golfimbul, Thror Thorin's Grandfather , Smaug, Azog the Goblin this goblin had killed Thror in the mines of Moria , Thrain Thorin's father. The troupe endures having no food, being caught by giant spiders and Wood-elves only to find themselves floating down a river in barrels.
There is a small brook to be forded and Bilbo proves efficient here. He can stay a few days, though, so that eases everybody's sadness at losing him. Bilbo suggests that the dwarves go to the Mountain and try to reclaim their treasure, and offers to fix them breakfast before they leave. Chapter 18: The Return Journey Summary: When Bilbo comes back to his senses he learns that they had won. It is hard to sleep because there are myriad animals on both sides of the road. The Christian symbolism, oddly enough, does not come in the supper scene, but first, in the equation of Beorn's house as a way-station for pilgrims united against a common evil; second, in Beorn's role as a larger-than-life protector who offers a safe and restricted space; and finally, in the departures of the two saviors, Beorn and Gandalf, leaving their followers with blessings and warnings. Bilbo kills it with his sword and then he, himself, falls down and passes out.
Beorn When the group asks for more details, Gandalf lets them know that his friend is a skin-changer, or a shapeshifter. Gandalf takes them to the home of a shapeshifter named Beorn, who can take the shape of a giant bear. But this was until the invasion of the dragon Smaug. Some arm themselves and then put treasure in their pockets, while Fili and Kili play enchanted harps. Bilbo and Gandalf travel with the elven king to Mirkwood, where Bilbo gives the king a necklace in return for his inadvertent hospitality.
Bard sends word to the elf king about the plight of Lake-Town, for the town is friendly with the elves. Bilbo is especially sad to see Gandalf go, and wishes that he were going with him. Bilbo fears that his friends are lost and he thinks of returning to find them. A violent thunderstorm breaks suddenly, forcing them to find shelter. And after the descent into the caves, the ascension with the eagles is a welcome contrast.
As he gropes around hoping to find his way out he comes across the ring and pockets it without thinking. They find him, but he has never heard of Gandalf or Bilbo Baggins, so Gandalf talks about a cousin of his, who the man knows. Later in the night, the dwarves are in raised spiritsto such an extent, that they are able to sing. Bilbo walks past the look-out dwarf and takes off the ring. Gandalf introduces them, and Beorn invites the entire company to stay for supper.
They are warned not to venture outside until morning. Beorn goes on to become chief of the surrounding area, and his descendants inherit his ability to skin change. In his dream, Bilbo has lost something and the irony of the dream goes beyond the thematic issues of interpretation and knowledge. Bilbo is sent to investigate, and through his ineptness, is caught by trolls. Gandalf explains that there is a secret passageway into the mountain, which is too small for a dragon to use itself. This way they can use the rope to pull the boat back and forth to ferry them to safety. There they are caught between two storms, and the stone giants fighting each other.
The map shows a hall beneath a mountain, marked with the symbol of a red dragon. He tells them they will find Mr. Then a voice guides the captives out of the cavern. Chapter 18: The Return Journey Bilbo wakes to find the battle is over. As a bear, at night, however, he kills Goblins and Wargs, and the power of darkness represented by that nighttime transformation is so threatening that Gandalf warns Bilbo and the dwarves not to go outside the house till morning. He calls for light, and the dwarves, who are waiting a little way back send for their torches. At the end, Bilbo wins and also Gollum discovers that he has lost his precious ring.