The Hobbit Belonging Essay

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“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.” I’m sure you would all recognise the first story that you fell in love with as a child. For me, this was ‘The Hobbit’, by J.R.R Tolkien. I remember sitting in my room as my dad said “this was my favourite book when I was a kid.” I was only seven at the time, but within the pages of that book I could have been a dwarf, an elf, a wizard, or even a hobbit, roaming over mountains and crossing great rivers on my adventure. In 2012, my imagination was given an adrenaline boost when the first film adaptation of the book was released. The film follows the journey of thirteen dwarves on a quest to recover their home, accompanied by Gandalf the wizard and Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit from the shire. Today I will be speaking to you about how an individual’s interaction with others and the world around them can enrich or limit their experience of belonging, within the film adaptation, “The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey” directed by Peter Jackson. This will explore how negative feelings can restrict one’s ability to belong, how shared traits are not necessary to belong to a group, and how past events can impact our capacity to …show more content…

Jealousy can affect a person’s opinion of you, before you’ve even met. This bias can cause them to act tense and disrespectful, as their resentment often stems from the belief that they deserve what you have more than you do. One such illustration occurs in the film when the dwarves and Bilbo are crossing a mountain range that turns out to be a group of stone giants fighting in a thunderstorm. After a chaotic series of events, Bilbo ends up clinging to the edge of the cliff face, and the dwarves rush to help him. After he has been saved, Dwalin exclaims, “I thought we’d lost our burglar.” Thorin retorts by saying “He’s been lost ever since he left home. He should never have come. He has no

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