Below I copied some text (with some minor changes) from the following site, which has LOTS of details about creatures and places in Middle-Earth, as well as a timeline. http://www.tuckborough.net/
BE CAREFUL WITH THIS SITE -- THERE IS SOMETIMES INFORMATION THAT GIVES AWAY WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING IN THE BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is another great site to help you find information and images of creatures and places!
http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Main_Page

Check out our background info on different characters:
Bilbo
Thorin
Gandalf


Chapter 1:

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Hobbit Homes



~~Bullroarer

~~The Battle of the Green Fields

~~King Golfimbul

~~Thrain the Old


The Mines of Moria were just mentioned in The Hobbit...

MORIA

(Khazad-dum) was the greatest of the Dwarf realms in Middle-earth. Its vast and beautiful halls lay under the Misty Mountains.

It was founded in ancient times by Durin, the eldest of the Seven Fathers of the Dwarves. Durin was long-lived and ruled his people for many years. He died before the end of the First Age, and he was laid to rest in Khazad-dum. But his line continued and the realm of Khazad-dum grew and expanded over the course of the centuries. The halls were filled with light and music. The Dwarves found great riches, including the hard, malleable, silver-colored metal called mithril, which was found nowhere else in Middle-earth. They forged weapons and wrought many things of beauty, and they traded their works of skill with Men for food.

But a Balrog slept in the deeps beneath Khazad-dum, and when it awoke the Dwarves were driven from their home. The halls of Khazad-dum were taken over by Orcs and other evil creatures and it became known as Moria, the Black Chasm, and was a place of fear and dread.

BALROGS are demons of shadow and flame. Balrogs were creatures of great power and terror. Their fundamental form appeared to be that of a man of great stature, but they were cloaked in shifting shadows and they had fiery cores. Balrogs had burning yellow eyes and streaming manes that kindled with fire. Their arms were long and powerful, and they may or may not have had wings The Balrogs' chief weapons were long whips made of flames that forked at the end, like a snake's tongue.

Chapter 2:
Trolls

Chapter 3:
Misty Mountains
Elrond and Rivendell
Wilderland
Orcrist
Glamdring
Rivendale
Elves

Chapter 4:


Chapter 5:

GOLLUM:
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Gollum has a very interesting history -- he is actually of the same race as Bilbo!
Check out the link below, but don't read past the part where they quote from The Hobbit!!
http://www.tuckborough.net/gollum.html

I remember him from the movie, but that wasn't the person I was talking about in H.G.S. He had wild hair, was skinny and had huge clothing. Gollum might have been the one who took the ring from the person I just described. I will have to watch the movies again sometime. I remember on a comercial, I think it was Frodo who was talking to Gollum. I don't really remember the movie that much. I do not picture Gollum looking like that. How could you have told that he was a hobbit? I picture him a little more Dobby looking, but this could be Gollum. I would have to see his whole body because I picture him with HUGE feet and REALLY long fingers to catch fish and row his boat.

ELROND
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GANDALF
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THORIN
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GREAT GOBLIN

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MISTY MOUNTAINS
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WARGS:
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BEORN:
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ELVEN KING: THRANDUIL:

external image 741229585_s.jpg King of the Elves of Mirkwood; He travelled eastward from Lindon sometime before the year 1000 of the Second Age. At that time the vast forest on the east side of the Anduin was called Greenwood the Great.
Thranduil fought in the War of the Last Alliance and led his remaining forces back to Greenwood. Around 1050 of the Third Age, a shadow fell on Greenwood and it came to be known as Mirkwood. Great Spiders and other creatures came to dwell in Mirkwood, and at Dol Guldur a stronghold was built by an evil force that was later discovered to be Sauron.
Thranduil and his people retreated to the northeastern corner of Mirkwood and built their halls near the Forest River in underground caverns guarded by great gates. Despite the dark presence in Mirkwood, the Wood-Elves still loved the forest. In the autumn, King Thranduil wore a crown of red leaves and berries in his golden hair, and in the spring his crown was made of woodland flowers. He and his people enjoyed hunting and feasting among the trees.
One day in 2941, Thranduil and a company of Elves were feasting in the woods when they were interrupted by a company of Dwarves and one Hobbit. The Elves relocated but the intruders followed them. On the third occasion the Elves captured the leader of the Dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield, and brought him before King Thranduil. Thorin was imprisoned when he would not reveal what he was doing in Mirkwood and the Elvish sword Orcrist was taken from him. His twelve Dwarf companions were caught soon after. Bilbo Baggins evaded capture by using his magic Ring and later managed to help his companions escape in barrels down the Forest River.


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