* Gandalf selects the respectable and seemingly unadventurous hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, to take part in an adventure, knowing that he has adventurous ancestry.
* Bilbo invites Gandalf to tea in an attempt to avoid involvement in the adventure.
* In response to a secret sign made by Gandalf on Bilbo's door, thirteen dwarves arrive unexpectedly and without invitation at Bilbo's house. As a good host, Bilbo makes them all welcome and shows them great hospitality.
* The dwarves sing about their history and lost treasure; their song awakens Bilbo's desire for adventure.
* Stung by the dwarves' dismissal of him as unsuitable, Bilbo asks to join the adventure.
* Gandalf gives Thorin a map of the Lonely Mountain, which reveals a secret entrance into the dragon's lair, along with a key to the secret door.
* Thorin recounts the history of how they were driven from their home where Thorin's grandfather was king and...
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