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                 Commodore 64 Text Adventure released 1982 UK
    
                   WALKTHROUGH/FAQ (version 1.0) 28/11/2001
    
    Author - falsehead (Sophie Cheshire). Contact me at falsehead@aol.com
    
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    1) INTRODUCTION/REVISION HISTORY
    
    2) GAME INFORMATION
    
    3) GAME LANGUAGE
    
    4) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
    
    5) WALKTHROUGH
    
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    INTRODUCTION - The Hobbit on the Commodore 64 is a classic text adventure. 
    Although it is ancient and crude by today's standards, its one of the first
    games I became totally hooked on as a kid.  It's based on the novel "The
    Hobbit" by J. R. R. Tolkien, which was a prequel to the "Lord of the Rings"
    trilogy.  The game actually follows the plot of the book quite faithfully and
    if you have never read The Hobbit, I recommend you seek out a copy.  It's a
    wonderful, light-hearted fantasy adventure that sets the scene for the events
    of the darker books that followed.
    
    You play a hobbit called Bilbo Baggins, you are on a quest to retrieve treasure
    from an evil dragon called Smaug.  To help you in your quest is a dwarf called
    Thorin and the wizard Gandalf.  Along the way you will meet Gollum and discover
    the Ring of Invisibility that proves so important in the "Lord of the Rings".
    
    If you are at all into Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum or any other computer systems
    from the early eighties this is a classic you really must seek out.  I have
    found copies of it relatively easily in second-hand dealerships.  It also came
    out across several different formats in the various countries it was released
    in.  I have included a full list of platforms and variations in game
    information section of this guide.
    
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    REVISIONS - Version 1.0 (28/11/2001) Wrote up walkthrough and gameplay FAQ,
    command list and language guide and basic info on the game and its history.
    
    I hope to add more info on getting a 100% completion score and how the
    percentage scoring works in the next version.  Also hope to get more history of
    the game and the various versions.
    
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    The Hobbit - Illustrated Text Adventure
    Date of first release: 1982 (UK)
    Platforms: Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Oric - 1, MSX, BBC B
    Produced by: Beam Software
    Distributor: Melbourne House
    Written by: Philip Mitchell, Veronika Megler et al
    Adapted from: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
    Availability: Long out of production, but Beam Software has licensed it for
    distribution as Freeware.
    
    In the United States, the game was released under the title "The Hobbit
    Software Adventure". This was a longer version and was released on the
    Commodore 64, MS-DOS and Macintosh.
    
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    The Hobbit had, for the time, quite an advanced language recognition system. 
    To progress though the game you have to use words from the game dictionary to
    interact with other characters and objects.  The following words are the only
    ones the game will recognize when used in conjunction with words from the game.
     Some can be shortened, so for example instead of typing DOWN, you can just
    type D.
    
    GAME DICTIONARY
    
    Movements:
    DOWN D, EAST E, NORTH N, NORTHEAST NE, NORTHWEST NW, SOUTH S,
    SOUTHEAST SE, SOUTHWEST SW, UP U, WEST W.
    
    Special verbs:
    EXAMINE, HELP, INVENTORY I, LOAD, LOOK L, NOPRINT, PAUSE, PRINT,
    QUIT, SAVE, SCORE.
    DICTIONARY
    
    Action verbs:
    BREAK, CLIMB, CLOSE, CROSS, DIG, DROP, DRINK, EMPTY, ENTER, EAT,
    FILL, FOLLOW, GIVE, GO, KILL, LOCK, PICK, PUT, OPEN, RUN, SAY,
    SHOOT, SWIM, TIE, TAKE, THROW, TURN, UNLOCK, UNTIE, WEAR.
    
    Prepositions:
    ACROSS, AT, FROM, IN, INTO, ON, OUT, OFF, THROUGH, TO, UP, WITH
    
    Adverbs:
    CAREFULLY, GENTLY, QUICKLY, SOFTLY, VICIOUSLY
    
    
    COMMUNICATING WITH THE GAME
    
    You can only talk to the game in a certain way.  You have to use the words in
    the right order and be quite specific or the game will not understand.  Here
    are some examples, I have quoted them directly from the manual as I think they
    are quite sweetly written and do get the point across direct from the game
    designers mouth!  The designers invented a new name for this "computer speak" -
    INGLISH (not ENGLISH), I have NO idea why, but it sounds cool and it's not a
    misprint!
    
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    THE RULES OF INGLISH
    
    With the help of this program, your program is now able to talk
    to you in INGLISH.  What's more, you will be able to talk to the
    computer in INGLISH, and it will understand what you say!
    
    INGLISH is the most sophisticated natural language recognition
    program yet developed on any microcomputer, and Melbourne House
    are very proud to be able to bring this implementation to you in
    THE HOBBIT program.
    
    The rules of INGLISH are simple - you probably already know
    INGLISH without even being aware of it.
    
    - Each sentence must have a verb.
       As a minimum sentence, you can have just the verb.
       For example:  RUN
                     CLIMB
                     WAIT
       These sentences are all fine.
    
       The meaning of the verbs may be altered by the use of adverbs,
    such as
               RUN QUICKLY
            or VICIOUSLY BREAK THE DOOR
    
    - Normal grammar applies, and the order of the different parts
    of the sentence is not critical.
    
       For example, the following two sentences are both valid, and
    both have the same meaning:
        WITH THE SWORD CAREFULLY ATTACK THE TROLL
        ATTACK THE TROLL CAREFULLY WITH THE SWORD.
    
    - Adjectives which describe objects must come before the noun.
    If it sound right, it probably is right.
        OPEN THE GREEN DOOR is right.
    but OPEN THE DOOR GREEN is not.
    
    This is pretty obvious.  If it sounds odd to you, you can be sure
    the computer is likely to think so too.
    
    - Prepositions, such as WITH, UNDER, ON, OFF and so on, usually
    come before the noun in INGLISH:
        ATTACK WITH THE SWORD.
        PICK UP THE GOLD.
    
    There are some verbs where the preposition could go before or
    after, or where the more natural sounding sentence is with the
    preposition last.  For example in:
       TURN THE LIGHT ON.
       PICK THE GOLD UP.
    These are also acceptable.
    
    Use of AND
    
    You can use the word "AND" in all its normal meaning in INGLISH!
    This means, among other things, that you can enter more than one
    sentence at a time.
    
    The following sentences illustrates different meanings of the
    word AND:
       TAKE THE LAMP AND THE ROPE OUT OF THE BARREL.
       DROP THE SHORT AND THE LONG SWORDS.
       TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN.
    
    With the use of INGLISH, your computer will be able to understand
    all the sentences correctly.
    
    Punctuation
    
    Different sentences should be separated by some sort of
    punctuation - use AND, commas, semi-colons, and full stops as you
    normally would.
    
    The only limitation placed by the computer on how many sentences
    you can enter at one time is a total limit of 128 characters.
    
    Of course, keep in mind that each time you do something, the
    other creatures may also decide to do something and you could end
    up with some unexpected results if you enter too many commands
    at once.
    
    Using ALL, EVERYTHING and EXCEPT
    
    It may not be convenient for you to enter the description of
    every object in the room if you should wish to pick everything
    up.
    
    Therefore you can generalise by the use of ALL, EVERYTHING and
    EXCEPT, just as you normally would.
    
    You may qualify what you actually want to manipulate - in other
    words you can say ALL DWARVES, or you can say EVERYTHING EXCEPT
    GREEN BOTTLES.
    
    The following are examples of valid sentences:
    
       EAT EVERYTHING
       OPEN ALL EXCEPT THE GREEN BOTTLE.
       BREAK ALL BOTTLES EXCEPT THE GREEN ONE.
    
    Limitation of INGLISH
    
    - To describe an object, you can only use the objects name and
    its adjectives (if any).  For example, if you see that there is
    some delicious foaming beer in a bottle, you could say:
       DRINK BEER
    or DRINK DELICIOUS BEER
    or DRINK FOAMING BEER
    or DRINK DELICIOUS FOAMING BEER
    or DRINK FOAMING DELICIOUS BEER
    
    All these would result in quenching your thirst.
    You cannot use the position of an object as its description.
    This means that a sentence such as
       DRINK BEER IN BOTTLE
    is not acceptable.
    
    - You cannot have more than one indirect object in a sentence.
    Basically this means that you cannot specify doing one thing in
    more than one way.
    
    For example, you could say
       PUT THE ROPE ON THE TABLE
    or you could decide to put it on the chair:
       PUT THE ROPE ON THE CHAIR
    
    but you cannot put the rope on but the table and on the chair at
    the same time.
    
    You therefore can't say
       PUT THE ROPE ON TABLE AND CHAIR
    
    This is a general rule, and means that you can't say things like:
       ATTACK WOLVES WITH EVERYTHING.
    
    We feel that these limitations are fairly minor, and that you
    should be able to express yourself exactly the way you feel most
    comfortable.
    
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    MOVEMENT AND COMMUNICATION
    
    So that's how you use the games language system!  Sound more complicated than
    it actually is really.  In the same vein talking to characters is accomplished
    in the same way.  So if Gandalf appears and you need to talk to him just type
    in, SAY TO GANDALF "READ MAP".  He may say no, he may say yes, it's worth
    asking again if they refuse the first time.  Gandalf also has the tendency to
    appear and disappear just to annoy you, don't attack him no matter how tempting
    it seems, he will just kill you (boo).  You can use the command FOLLOW to chase
    after characters.
    
    If you want to move around you can only go in the directions offered to you. 
    So if you are in a place and the only exits are East and West, only the
    commands GO EAST or GO WEST (GO E, GO W) will let you move to another place. 
    You can also use commands like CROSS RIVER etc.
    
    The game also uses the passage of time, if you leave the game idle.  Time will
    pass, night will fall, day will dawn.  Some area's can only be passed at
    certain times of day.  Use the WAIT command to hang about until the time is
    right.  In general if you find yourself in a dangerous area, get out and wait
    for Thorin or Gandalf to turn up.  You are a Hobbit and you suck at fighting. 
    Get the tough guys to do your dirty work for you. For example, you are in the
    mountains and a VICIOUS WARG has appeared from the WEST, you can either RUN
    EAST or SAY TO GANDALF "KILL WARG", if you're lucky he'll kill it for you.  If
    not the WARG eats you and you die.  No one ever said being a Hobbit was easy!
    
    
    OK, that's how you actually play the game.  I recommend you have a go at doing
    it without the walkthrough to start with; otherwise you'll finish it in about
    30 minutes.  THE FAQ below contains specific puzzle related hints and tips. 
    When you feel you can't carry on without help, I have provided a basic
    walkthrough in the final section.  I have just listed the minimum steps you
    need to take to complete the game and not described too much other stuff (so as
    not to spoil to much).  Because there are certain random elements to the game,
    there are people and enemies that may or may not appear in the same places
    every time. But the guide below should get you from the beginning to the end
    without too much hassle.
    
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    Q: I haven't read the book "The Hobbit", what am I doing all this for?
    A: OK well the best way to introduce you to the adventure is to quote the
    original manual.
    
    "In THE HOBBIT program, you take on the role of Bilbo, the hobbit.
    You will be able to roam freely throughout Middle Earth, explore
    and discover this wonderful enchanted land.  You will meet all
    types of creatures, some friendly, others much less so.  Your
    adventure will be dangerous and exciting - it will be up to you
    to face the challenges which confront Bilbo.
    
    If you are unfamiliar with Hobbits, you should know that hobbits
    are a little people, about half our height, and smaller than the
    bearded dwarves.  Hobbits have no beards.  There is little or no
    magic about them.  For a fuller description you will have to read
    THE HOBBIT, but this description should be enough for you to
    realise that most other creatures you will meet in this
    adventure, including dwarves, will be bigger and stronger than
    you.  You will therefore need to exercise all your cunning and skill
    to survive.
    
    At the point where this Adventure commences Gandalf, who is a
    wizard, has talked you into entering a new and exciting adventure
    to help out Thorin, the dwarf.
    
    Your mission is to seek out the evil Dragon and return the
    treasure he hoards back to your home and place it for safe
    keeping in the chest.  As a secondary mission, you must look out
    after Thorin and protect him.  Should he be killed during the
    adventure, it is most unlikely you will be able to survive the
    dangers ahead of you on your journey!
    
    Best of luck Bilbo: may you return with wonderful tales to tell
    on a cold evening in front of a log fire."
    
    That's your mission, if you choose to accept it, chuckle!
    
    Q: Does Gandalf do anything useful??
    A: Not really, he will kill creatures for you.  But he is no help in the
    Goblins Dungeon, and not that helpful when you ask him questions.
    
    Q: If Thorin doesn't stop singing about gold, I'm going to kill him!
    A: Thorin is just bored, if you are spending to much time wandering in circles
    or staring at the screen, the passage of time doesn't stop.  Talk to him, keep
    him happy.  He is your ticket out of the Goblin's Dungeon
    
    Q: What are the Pale Bulbous Eyes?
    A: Something nasty that will leap on you and kill you.  Either run away, or
    wear the Ring if you have it.
    
    Q: Gollum asked me a riddle, what's the answer?
    A:  If you don't know the answer, just move away or ignore him.  Or he will
    kill you.
    
    Q: I am totally stuck, I looked at the walkthrough and a certain route listed
    doesn't exist, why?
    A: Go back to Elrond and ask him to read the map.  This opens up a route later
    in the game.
    
    Q:  Where is the ring?
    A:  In the Goblins Caves.  You can either go via the Goblin's Dungeon route
    (short way), or via Beorns House (longer way)
    
    Q: I broke my sword....
    A: Well I hope you saved because you need that sword later in the game and it
    also provides light in dark places.  Basically you are screwed with out it.  If
    you have to fight, try and get Gandalf or Thorin to do it.  If you have to
    break or smash something, use your hands.
    
    Q: I found a golden key while lost in the mountains, what's it for?
    A: Nothing, it just seems to add more to your percentage score at the games
    end.
    
    Q: How do I get out of the Elvenking Halls/Dungeon
    A:  Just use the Ring a lot, its effects last for about 3-4 turns.  You can
    keep using it.  Just follow the butler around and he will open the door to get
    you out of the dungeon.  Escape from the Halls requires some barrels jumping in
    the cellar.
    
    Q: I can't use the barrels? Why?
    A: You need empty ones, either wear the ring and hope the butler empties one
    for you, or open one up and drink the wine yourself then climb inside and let
    him throw you in the river. Alternatively throw the barrels in yourself and
    jump on top of them.
    
    Q: Where is the Bard?
    A: He's in the town by the Long Lake.  He may not be there on your first visit.
     Keep going and coming back.  If he doesn't appear, then he's dead and you have
    to restart, TOUGH LUCK!
    
    Q: Why won't this damn bard come with me???
    A: Well bizarrely if you CARRY the Bard, it's a lot easier to get him where you
    want him, than trying to give him directions.  You need him to kill Smaug so
    don't irritate him.
    
    Q: OK, Smaug is dead, what now?
    A:  Make sure you have the treasure then run all the way home to your Hobbit
    hole and put it in that nice big empty chest.
    
    
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    (You start in your Hobbit Hole, a "comfortable tunnel like hall")
    
    - READ MAP
    - EAST
    - EAST
    - NORTH
    - WAIT (until day dawns)
    - SOUTH
    - GET KEY
    - NORTH
    - UNLOCK DOOR
    - OPEN DOOR
    - NORTH
    - GET ROPE AND SWORD
    - SOUTH
    - SOUTH
    - SOUTH EAST
    - GIVE MAP TO ELROND
    - SAY TO ELROND "HELLO"
    - SAY TO ELROND "READ MAP"
    - WAIT (until Elrond gives you some lunch)
    - EAT LUNCH
    - SAY TO ELROND "GIVE ME MAP"
    - EAST
    - SOUTH
    - EAST
    - NORTH
    - NORTHWEST
    - NORTH
    - SOUTHEAST
    - DOWN
    - DOWN
    - DOWN
    - DOWN
    - EAST
    - GET GOLDEN KEY
    - UP
    - NORTH
    - WEST
    - SOUTH
    - EAST
    - NORTH
    - WAIT (you should be by a crack in a wall, WAIT until it opens and you get
    captured and thrown in the goblin dungeon!)
    - DIG
    - SMASH TRAP DOOR (keep doing it until it breaks, there is a CURIOUS KEY
    underneath.  Thorin will take the Key)
    - SAY TO THORIN "OPEN WINDOW"
    - SAY TO THORIN "PICK ME UP"
    - SAY TO THORIN "WEST"
    - SOUTHWEST
    - WAIT (until a goblin appears)
    - NORTH
    - SOUTHEAST
    - EAST
    - GET RING
    - NORTH
    - SOUTH
    - NORTHWEST
    - EAST
    - OPEN DOOR
    - UP
    - CLOSE DOOR
    - EAST
    - EAST
    - OPEN CURTAIN
    - OPEN CUPBOARD
    - GET FOOD
    - EAT FOOD
    - NORTHEAST
    - EAST
    - EAST
    - LOOK ACROSS RIVER (you should see a boat)
    - THROW ROPE ACROSS RIVER (may need to try more than once)
    - PULL ROPE
    - SAY TO THORIN "CLIMB INTO BOAT"
    - CLIMB OUT
    - EAST
    - SMASH WEB (until it breaks)
    - NORTHEAST
    - SMASH WEB
    - NORTH
    - WEAR RING
    - EXAMINE DOOR
    - WAIT (until the door opens)
    - NORTHEAST
    - SOUTH
    - KILL BUTLER WITH SWORD
    - GET RED KEY
    - UNLOCK RED DOOR WITH RED KEY
    - OPEN DOOR (if Thorin got captured earlier, he'll reappear now)
    - OPEN BARREL
    - OPEN TRAP DOOR
    - GET BARREL
    - THROW BARREL THROUGH TRAP DOOR
    - SAY TO THORIN "JUMP ONTO BARREL"
    - GET BARREL
    - THROW BARREL THROUGH TRAP DOOR
    - JUMP ONTO BARREL
    - EAST
    - PICK UP BARD
    - WEST
    - NORTH
    - UP
    - NORTH
    - NORTHWEST
    - NORTH
    - WEST
    - EAST
    - NORTHWEST
    - NORTH
    - WAIT (keep waiting until sun shines on the rock and opens the SECRET DOOR)
    - SAY TO THORIN "UNLOCK DOOR WITH CURIOUS KEY"
    - DROP BARD
    - EAST
    - SAY TO THORIN "WEST"
    - WEAR RING
    - EAST
    - GET TREASURE
    - EAST
    - WEST
    - PICK UP BARD
    - UP
    - DROP BARD
    - SAY TO BARD "GET STRONG ARROW FROM QUIVER"
    - WAIT (until Smaug the Dragon shows up)
    - SAY TO BARD "SHOOT THE DRAGON"
    - SOUTH x 3
    - DOWN
    - SOUTH x 3
    - WEAR RING
    - WEST
    - WAIT
    - WAIT
    - WEST
    - WAIT
    - WAIT
    - WEST
    - NORTH
    - SOUTHWEST
    - WEST x 4
    - SOUTHWEST
    - WEST
    - OPEN CHEST
    - PUT TREASURE IN CHEST
    
    (You're back in your Hobbit Hole and rich, rich, rich.  Congratulations!  Your
    final percentage score will reflect how much of the game you visited.  More on
    getting a 100% score in the next update)
    
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