Radagast the Brown makes an appearance.
A skilled but humble wizard mentioned only briefly in the Lord of the Rings, Radagast appears in the flesh for the first time in An Unexpected Journey, warning Gandalf, Bilbo and the dwarves of some strange activities in his forest-- soon to become Mirkwood-- that hints at the return of the Necromancer, a.k.a. Sauron. None of the details are included in The Hobbit, though they were happening at the time according to Tolkien's own appendices to Return of the King. The details are included here, like many others, in the interest of setting up the larger story that will lead to Lord of the Rings.

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