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In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

So goes the very first sentence of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," a book you may have heard of from your own travels and adventures. The hobbit in question, Bilbo Baggins, left the comfort of that hobbit-hole, called Bag End, to accompany a band of dwarves on their quest to Lonely Mountain to reclaim their vast treasure from Smaug the Dragon.

Quite the dangerous endeavor, and if Bilbo were more, well, fatalistic, he might have figured it was an adventure from which he wouldn't return and put his hobbit-hole up for sale. If that had been the case, »

- Bryan Enk

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