English 9 Regents: The Hobbit WebQuest (Hobbits)

Welcome members of Bilbo Baggins’ group!  You will need to collaborate on each of the following to complete your web quest.

Day 1:  Characterization

Each member must complete ONE of the following for Bilbo Baggins’ character (you must decide among yourselves who will complete each component):

–  A physical description of Bilbo Baggins (with hand-drawn, labeled picture based on textual information)

–  A two chunk paragraph with textual support describing the basic characteristics of hobbits

–  A two chunk paragraph with textual support describing two positive character traits of Bilbo Baggins (use parenthetical documentation)

–  A two chunk paragraph with textual support describing two negative character traits of Bilbo Baggins (use parenthetical documentation)

About Hobbits http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/default.asp?url=http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/h/hobbits.html

The Grey Haven: About Hobbits in General  http://tolkien.cro.net/hobbits/hobbits.html

Wikipedia: Hobbits  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobbit

Day 2:  Creature Features

All members of the group will do the following:

Using the links below, find out all you can about Dragons.  One person in your group will illustrate a dragon based on your findings (not the same artist for the characterization!).   The remaining members will EACH write a two chunk paragraph describing the various characteristics and habits of Dragons.  Make sure to consult with one another so that you have different responses! 

Here Be Dragons!  http://www.draconian.com/

Encyclopedia of Arda: Dragons  http://www.glyphweb.com/arda/default.asp

Dragons in the Writings of Tolkien  http://www.phil.unt.edu/~hargrove/dragons.html

Wikipedia: Dragons  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragons

Day 3:  Specialties: Hobbits, those especially clever creatures, happen to like riddles and puzzles almost as much as they like to eat!  These homebodies rarely go beyond the borders of The Shire if they want to remain “respectable” in the eyes of others.  Use the links to help you.

Each member of your group will complete ONE of the following:

– Celebrations: Select (or create) a holiday that would have been celebrated by Hobbits.  In at least three two-chunk paragraphs, describe the significance of the holiday as well as activities that all good Hobbits would engage in!  The link below will help define holidays that would most likely have taken place in Middle Earth.

Celebrating the Seasons

*NOTE: this site lists ancient, earth-based holidays such as those that would probably have been celebrated in Middle Earth.  The information is for accuracy of the setting of the novel and is not intended to support or challenge any religious beliefs.


Food:  Create a menu for the celebration of the aforementioned holiday.  The meal would most likely have many courses, so don’t skimp!  You would not want to be known as a stingy host, would you?  Include some recipes as well!  The links below can help you get started.

Recipes and Menu Planning  http://entertaining.about.com/od/recipesandmenus/#

Menu Planning 101  http://www.iparty.com/index.cfm?pageid=2097

Home Entertaining for the Holidays  http://home.ivillage.com/entertaining/topics/0,,4tkj,00.html

– Puzzle solvers:  Create a crossword puzzle that would have at least twenty five clues/responses, or create five “brain teasers” that would challenge even the most clever Hobbit!  Be sure that it relates to the Hobbit unit and that you include an answer key.  The links below can help you if you get stumped along the way.

Brain Bashers   http://www.brainbashers.com/

Braingle  http://www.braingle.com/

Brain Teasers   http://brainden.com/

Interior Decorating:  Those homebody Hobbits would have very cozy Hobbit holes with plenty of comfy furniture.  Design a Hobbit hole floor plan complete with decorating scheme.  Describe color schemes and choice of textures, and support your choices.  The links below can help you.

Essortment: Home Decorating   http://www.essortment.com/in/Home.Decorating.Interior/

Home and Garden Makeover   http://www.homeandgardenmakeover.com/

Home Popular: Floor Plans   http://www.homepopular.org/members/house-floor-plans/

Day 4:  Riddles and Songs

Each member of the group will do ALL of the following:

–  In Chapter 5, Gollum and Bilbo have a riddle contest deep in the underground tunnels of Misty Mountain.  Their riddles use clues and hints to try to describe a specific thing.

Read and, in a one-chunk paragraph, explain each of the following riddles from Bilbo and Gollum’s contest:

What has roots as nobody sees,

                         Is taller than trees,

                                  Up, up it goes,

                                  And yet never grows?


                         Thirty white horses on a red hill,

                                   First they champ,

                                  Then they stamp,

                         Then they stand still.


     –  Choose a common object and brainstorm as many qualities as you can about it.  Then, using rhyme, devise a four-lined to eight-lined riddle using the traits of the object that would stump even Bilbo! 

Looking at Riddle Formation  http://www.geocities.com/d_champions_hall/ezine/article2.htm

     – Re-read Bilbo’s songs from The Hobbit listed below.  For each, summarize the message/central idea of the song and relate the idea to Bilbo.  Does the song support what we as readers know about Bilbo’s character?  What does it demonstrate about him? 

– Define each of the following poetic terms and use them to analyze Bilbo’s songs: assonance, repetition, imagery, onomatopoeia, tone, structure, and rhyme scheme.  Demonstrate how these elements in his songs add to the characterization of Bilbo.

Glossary of Poetic Terms  http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/display_rpo/poetterm.cfm

page 159-160   (to the spiders)

                         page 302   (on his way home)

Day 5:  Symbolic Objects/Tools

–  Each member of your group must decide on a different specific object or tool that would best represent or support Bilbo’s character.  For example, in The Odyssey, Athena’s wisdom could be represented by an owl.  While the members will draw each of the symbols on one collective poster, each individual will write a two-chunk paragraph explaining why the symbol is appropriate for Bilbo.

Explore a World of Symbols  http://www.symbols.com/

Dictionary of Symbolism  http://www.umich.edu/~umfandsf/symbolismproject/symbolism.html/

–  Each member will select a different season of the year and write a two chunk paragraph that demonstrates how his/her particular season mirrors the journey of Bilbo Baggins.

Day 6:  Travel and Tourism: The Shire

Each member will do ONE of the following:

Now that Bilbo has become an adventurous Hobbit, travel and tourism to and from The Shire has been booming!  Your group is compiling promotional information in order to attract visitors to come and spend their gold in Hobbitown.

  –  Create an overall guidebook to The Shire that includes:

* a detailed map of the region

* enticing reasons why The Shire is the place for anyone’s next


* climate information

* transportation available

* quotations from previous visitors praising The Shire

* coupons to local attractions, restaurants, and


–  Create a hotel brochure that includes:

* accommodations listings

* amenities

* prices

* promotional package deals

* what’s nearby to do/go to eat

– Create a restaurant menu that includes:

* appetizers, entrees, salads, soups, desserts with descriptions

* lunch/dinner specials

* background information about this family-run business

– Create a museum or recreation brochure that includes at least three “must see” attractions in The Shire.

                  * what makes each attraction so special?

* prices

* special discounts

– Create a local newspaper’s sports section that describes various sporting events available in The Shire.  Write at least one article reviewing a particular event that includes players’ names and some kinds of statistics.


Day 7:  Bilbo’s Journal

Each member will do ALL of the following:

Each member of your group will create a series of journal responses for Bilbo Baggins.  Do not merely write your responses on lined paper or type them on a word processor… neither of these would exist in Middle Earth.  Use your imagination and create a journal that would not look out of place in Bilbo’s hobbit hole. 


1. Each response must be at least 150 words in length. 

2. Each response must contain at least three appropriately used vocabulary words from the unit.

3. Each response must create an appropriate “voice” for Bilbo.

Respond to each of the following:

     –  Bilbo’s reaction to Gandalf’s arrival in the Shire

     –  Bilbo’s reaction to leaving the Shire with the dwarves

     –  Bilbo’s reaction to Gandalf leaving him in charge of the dwarves before the party embarks through Mirkwood

     –  Bilbo’s reaction to the killing of the spider

     –  Bilbo’s decision to give Bard the Arkenstone


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