In this two-part interactive online discussion class, we will apply philosophical questions to the world of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit (focusing specifically on this book and not the trilogy). How does the riddle game played by Bilbo and Gollum help us think about how we interpret language? Was the Battle of the Five Armies a “Just War?” How can possessiveness and greed hurt someone, and those around them? Did Bilbo behave ethically in the episode of the Arkenstone? Along the way, we will discuss Aristotle, the Quaker testimony of Simplicity, and the Constitution of the United States.