Back then perspectives were very different, so the response to J.R.R. Tolkien’s book back then would have been very different in comparison to it were to be released tomorrow. If The Hobbit was released today, written the exact same way, it would get a lot more hate and judgement to have whole races categorized as the bad guys. Tolkien’s book does not include enough diversity in personalities within any race to get by in today’s sensitive and judgemental society. Another controversial segment in the book was the physical and mental separation between all the different creatures. The typical creature in the book would live with their race days away from any other races, isolated to their own kind. In today’s time, Tolkien would be forced to alter his writing, making it more open to breaking barriers in terms of society and the standard way whatever character would act. Although Bilbo acts against what Hobbits as a whole believe in, actions like that are rarely seen throughout the story. He would also need to show more connections between races than before, as creatures of different races meet rarely. One thing Tolkien would not find necessary to change would be the amount you can relate to the book. The situations Bilbo finds himself in are still relatable enough to keep readers interested and
“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different” (Stephen King). The Hobbit, originally written by JRR Tolkien and directed in film by Peter Jackson, is a story about Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit used to the sedentary lifestyle who also owns a magic ring that turns him invisible, pursuing an adventure with Thorin and Company, a group of dwarves seeking to reclaim their lost treasure from Smaug, a dragon who conquered the lost kingdom of Dale, ruled by Thorin’s ancestors. The stories themselves of both film and novel are very similar in structure. The chapter “Barrels out of Bond” contains the Wood-elves imprisoning the dwarves, with Bilbo barely slipping out. Using his magic ring to turn invisible,
The Hobbit does use and fit the archetypal pattern of a quest adventure. The first part of the pattern being the call of adventure. Which is where the hero usually finds a helper at this stage. The Hobbit fits into this first part of the pattern by the time of the first chapter, “An Unexpected Party.” The dwarves need a burglar to help them on their journey to the Misty Mountains to retrieve their gold back from the dragon, Smaug. The dwarves chose Bilbo as their burglar to help them with their journey. Which fits the first part of the pattern because the hero, Bilbo, is called to the adventure. Since, the dwarves are calling him or needing his help with their journey.
In our life, it’s the risks we take that make change grow. “A ship is always safe at the shore - but that is NOT what it is built for.” This quote by Albert Einstein is about how sometimes in life, to be truly successful and useful we must take risks even if they put us in uncomfortable or dangerous situations. We will never grow if we first do not step out of our comfort zone. This essay is about a Hobbit who takes a risk and it changes his life forever.
The article is framed from the perspective of C.S. Lewis, a renowned British author and student at Oxford University who fought in World War 1. He wrote “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” in response to his experiences in the war, his belief in the Christian faith and his scholarship of ancient myths and legends whilst at Oxford University studying English literature. He built the story around a hero who was not a powerful fighter but "a three-foot high bundle of timidity with furry feet" called a Hobbit, a humble character who appeals to all. In a letter to his friend in 1913 Tolkien described his hero as explaining the wonder of Christ in
Monsters are always a big part of stories. Usually they are an Antagonist of a story blocking the hero from completing his/her quest showing qualities of being powerful, immoral, and determined. Beowulf and the Hobbit have good examples of monsters in their stories. Beowulf is about a man who is the strongest there is, the nicest, and the most intelligent defeating great threats to kingdoms. There are three main antagonists in beowulf, Grendel, the troll wife, and the dragon. The Hobbit is about a hobbit who is selected to be a burglar in an adventure to reclaim a dwarf kingdom taken by a dragon. In the Hobbit there are 3main monsters, Gollum, Azog, and Smaug.
When Bilbo finds the ring it changes him forever, for he is able to do things he would have never done before or even dream of doing. When Bilbo faces tough situations the ring always gets him by, and after he has come out the victor, he feels accomplished and more confident of his skills. After going through this process countless times his skills in battle and intelligence increase, as well as his self esteem and respect. The ring in this specific book symbolizes change. Bilbo’s change from a hesitant, powerless hobbit to a confident human being capable of most anything. It completely alters Bilbo and turns him from a static into a dynamic character throughout the book. Another very important symbol in the novel is The arkenstone. The arkenstone is also known as “The heart of the mountain.” The stone was found years ago by Thrain the Old which is Thorin’s ancestor. It has been said by many to have its own light. The stone in this story represents multiple things in the book. It represents Thorin’s greed and remembrance of his childhood when he still thrived with his people in the mountain, that is the reason it is so precious to him and why the dwarves decide to bury it with him. It also represents The lonely
Tolkien was a Catholic that loved to write Christianity theme books to teach people lessons. He liked the idea of a random person becoming a hero and the fact that anything can happen. He told so many different things about Christianity all hard to tell unless you understand or know something about catholic religion. Tolkien saw stories as a reflection of the truth, and felt like his story needed to be told through Middle Earth. Following Jesus Christ's example, he taught many important lessons in the form of parables. The Hobbit introduces unexplained phenomena without spelling out the spiritual significance, disarming many who have an aversion to all things religious.Smeagol's many colors’ signify relativism, a belief that there is no unified
The Hobbit follows the story of Bilbo by mirroring the heroic journey, showing Bilbo’s dramatic change from the Hobbit he once was. Gandalf calls Bilbo to adventure at the beginning of the story, and Bilbo is forced to realize that “adventures are not all pony-rides in May-sunshine” (Tolkien 33). Bilbo’s journey to a hero begins with gaining an understanding that he must expose himself to uncertainty in order to help his group. After Bilbo crosses the first threshold with help from Gandalf, he finds himself in the ‘belly of the whale’ with
When reading the epic Beowulf, I make a text to text connection because I notice the deep ties and similarities to the movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The film was based off of J.R.R Tolkien 's novel, The Hobbit. Tolkien used Beowulf as his initial inspiration for his story, so distinct connections are easily found. For example, Beorn, a character who shapeshifts into a bear-like form, is closely related to Beowulf himself. Both of their names translate to “bear” and they have similar superhuman strength. Additionally, Bilbo, the main character from the novel, is hired as a “thief” by a group of dwarves who are desperate to reclaim their homeland under the Lonely Mountain. The dragon Smaug stole it from the
The attention to the detail regarding the natural world was important because if he didn’t put much detail to The Hobbit he probably wouldn't have made it so believable. Like how hobbits are like us in someway they like comfort, food, and clothing. The hobbits also have family, relatives, and so are richer than others in a short time they are very human.
Legend has it that Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien of the University of Oxford was at his desk one summer 's day in 1930 wearily correcting examination papers when he came upon a page in an answer-book that was left blank.
The dwarves discover something that they didn’t think would happen when they first started onto their adventure, they have relied on Bilbo more than once to get them out of a sticky situation. The dwarves, first heart broke when they hear that Gandalf was leaving them, didn’t think that Bilbo was a worthy burglar to bring onto the trip, believing that he had caused the trip to slow more than necessary. They then begin to realize and discover why Gandalf did leave them though, Gandalf knew that Bilbo would help the dwarves as the journey progressed and he gained more
Tolkien’s highly intricate imagery of malignance makes apparent the uncertainty encircling the company and sets the frightful mood over which Bilbo’s courage must prevail. His ominous description of Mirkwood Forest explains the hesitation in the company to pass onto the realm where “The entrance to the path was like a sort of arch leading into a gloomy tunnel”(153). The imagery evoked by “Trees … too old and strangled with ivy… to bear more than a few blackened leaves” (153) places the reader in the foreboding atmosphere in which the company is presently ensnarled, and effectively forewarns of sorcery, monsters and misery at play. Days into the forest, constant hunger gnaws at the company, leading them to disperse round and round in an entranced dream-like state. Then, somewhere in the pitch-dark night, Bilbo strikes dead a most nefarious enemy. The elation felt by the hobbit afterwards is one of great significance. Somehow, the killing of the giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark…made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach”(170). Bilbo’s first triumph forces him to recognize the strength he commands. The change is further displayed when he names his sword Sting, alluding to the heroism incited in him by the entrapping wretchedness. This act also resolves for the reader why Bilbo’s sword is
Abandoned.Lost.Aggression.The dwarves all showed this in the novel “The Hobbit” by J.R.R Tolkien.Now there are a lot of great qualities of this book,and one of those is the immense detail that is put into it.J.R.R. Tolkien has made me read the book as if I am actually there.He really makes the book pop out.Now I believe all this enormous detail surrounds a very good theme.In my opinion the theme is that you should never take your home for granted because you never know when it might be gone.In this story the theme is about the dwarves and their home.The dwarves got it ripped from the very ground that they had lived their whole lives.So in this story there is much to say that the dwarves really wanted revenge for their home being taken