In chapter five the beginning
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The discovery of the ring foreshadows something important..... and qualifies as a score for the company's thief!
"He guessed as well as he could, and crawled along for a good way, till suddenly his hand met what felt like a tiny ring of cold metal lying on the floor of the tunnel. It was a turning point in his career, but he did not know it."
The Hobbit / Chapter Five