The Hobbit

Book: By J.R.R. Tolkien.

Inciting Event: The dwarves tell Bilbo they want him to come with them. He is frightened by the idea, but at last gives in to his adventurous side.

First Plot Point: The company sets out on their journey.

First Pinch Point: Bilbo’s first taste of danger, an encounter with three hungry trolls. He discovers at this point that “adventures are not all pony rides in May sunshine.”

Midpoint: Bilbo and the dwarves are captured by goblins in the mountains. Bilbo is separated from the others and finds a ring that turns him invisible. Suddenly, he is a useful member of the company.

Second Pinch Point: Wandering in the forest of Mirkwood, the dwarves are captured first by giant spiders, and then by the wood-elves. Bilbo manages to escape both times and rescue his friends, because of the ring.

Third Plot Point: Smaug attacks the Lake Town, turning the people against Bilbo and the dwarves, whom they had welcomed earlier.

Climax: The Battle of Five Armies

Climactic Moment: The eagles come to help in the fight against the goblins and wargs, enabling Bilbo’s side to win.

Resolution: A dying Thorin gives up his grudge and forgives Bilbo. Bilbo takes his share of the treasure and returns home. Many years later, one of the dwarves visits Bilbo.

Comments: I determined the plot points using the dramatic question: “Will Bilbo make it ‘There and Back Again’?”

(Submitted by Brenna Smith.)

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