The Hobbit

Chapter 11-What does the following passage from the story suggest to the reader about the definition of evil in this book?

"The land about them grew bleak and barren, though once, as Thorin told them, it had been green and fair. There was little grass, and before long there was neither bush nor tree, and only broken and blackened stumps to speak of ones long vanished. They were come to the Desolation of the Dragon, and they were come at the waning of the year."

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This excert portrays evil as a "spreading" desolation that will not end unless the forces behind it are eliminated.