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persons; conversed with the dragon, Smaug the
Magnificent; and was present, rather unwillingly, at
the Battle of the Five Armies. This is all the more
remarkable, since he was a hobbit. Hobbits have
hitherto been passed over in history and legend,
perhaps because they as a rule preferred comfort to
excitement. But this account, based on his personal
memoirs, of the one exciting year in the otherwise
quiet life of Mr. Baggins will give you a fair idea of
the estimable people now (it is said) becoming rather
rare. They do not like noise."