In The Hobbit the conflict is Good vs. Evil. The Characters are constantly battling evil. The conflict is highlighted in the episodes where Gandalf, the dwarves, and Bilbo fight against the many terrors of Middle Earth. Through fights with goblins, trolls, wargs and the Battle of Five Armies, it is seen that good always prevails over evil. The first encounter is with trolls.
The first evil that Bilbo and the dwarves come across is the trolls. Tolkien sets the reader up by saying that trolls and dwarves have a history of not getting along. The dwarves and Bilbo are caught by the trolls and put into sacks. Gandalf, the wizard, comes and instigates a fight between the trolls about how to cook the dwarves and Bilbo. Gandalf keeps them fighting until daybreak when the sun turns the trolls into stone. “ It was the wizards voice that had kept the trolls bickering and quarrelling, until the light came and made an end of them.” (Page 39). The dwarves then find food, treasure and weapons. “There were bones on the floor and a nasty smell was in the air; but there was a good deal of food jumbles carelessly on shelves and on the ground, among an untidy litter of plunder, of all sorts from brass buttons to pots full of gold coins standing in a corner. There were lots of clothes, too, hanging on the walls – too small for trolls, I am afraid they belonged to victims – and among them were several swords of various makes, shapes, and sizes.” (Page 40).
The next evil that Bilbo and his companions encounter is the goblins. Approaching the Misty Mountains, they take shelter from a storm in a cave that turns out to be the Great Goblin's cavern. The Goblins capture Bilbo and his companions and take their ponies. Bilbo screams just before the goblins grab them and wakes up Gandalf, allowing him to escape. “There were six to each dwarf, at least, and two even for Bilbo; and they were all grabbed and carried through the crack, before you could say tinder and flint....
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