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Took or Baggins? Part 3

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Prologue

Tolkien uses the prologue to give the reader background he feels is necessary. We are told not only about the physical, cultural, and racial traits of the Hobbits, but also quite a bit about their history. He tells that they descended from three different breeds: the Harfoots, the Stoors, and the Fallowhides. He implies that the histories he talks about may have spanned many thousands of years.


Tolkien then goes into an extended narration of the history of Bilbo’s finding of The Ring and ends up touching on the subject of Shire records. It’s clear that Tolkien assumed that the person delving into LOTR may have never read The Hobbit, and he endeavored to provide information that would be useful to such a reader.


Chapter 1: A Long-Expected Party. (Tolkien titled each chapter.)
   -Preparations begin for Bilbo’s 111th birthday and Frodo’s 33rd, as     they both share the same birthday, September 22nd. A party like no other     is planned. Rich Bilbo spares no expense.
   -Gandalf arri…