The Hobbit is a fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published in 1937, which tells the story of home-body Bilbo Baggins and his adventures when he is visited by a rowdy bunch of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield, who are in search of their long-lost home of Erebor, guarded by the feared dragon Smaug. Themes central to The Hobbit are good and evil, friendship, and heroism displayed by the characters. Tolkien’s novel climaxes with the Battle of The Five Armies, the epic clash between all the different factions introduced by the author. The book has sold millions of copies and was recently transformed into a trilogy by director Peter Jackson.