Tolkien’s Development of Greed in The Hobbit In narrative writing, one of the crucial elements is the plot, or the sequences of events. Oftentimes, these sequences of events are used to develop common topics or themes through literary works. In The Hobbit, J.R.R Tolkien uses various sequences of events to develop the theme of greed. In the beginning of the book, Tolkien begins developing the theme of greed when Bilbo decides to join the party. He writes, “as they sang the hobbit felt the love of beautiful things made by hands … moving through him, a fierce and jealous love, the desire of the hearts of dwarves … Then something Tookish woke up inside him” (28).
1:1 Aim The aim of this essay is to analyze whether or not the story of The Lord of the Rings and its setting Middle-earth can be connected to Tolkien's own private life, how his experiences may reflect upon the events and environments he describes in his storytelling, and what hidden meanings can be found in the books. 1:2 Method To write this essay, various sources from the Internet will be used to come to a conclusion regarding the aim of the essay. 2. J.R.R. Tolkien In this paragraph Tolkien's personal life, from his birth up
Myths are known across the globe and within different cultures. The cultures have their own myths on creation, creatures, or the humans on earth. These myths are told to tell how the land and creatures were created. Today two myths from a different culture will be viewed while answering some questions and describing the myths of those cultures. The myths that will be looked at are The Creation of the Titans and the Gods from Greece and Rome and The Aboriginal Creation from Australia.
For the purpose of this essay I would like to distinguish and analyse the main religions among the people of George Martin’s series in accordance with historical, cultural and geographical factors. In addition, I would like to mention in what way the aforementioned fictional religions correspond with various faiths and myths, which are to be found in the contemporary world. From the historical point of view, the first significant religion in Westros would be the belief in the Old Gods. It dates back to the times when no people inhabited Westeros. It was practiced by the so-called children of the forest, who were an enigmatic non-human race populating Westeros before the arrival of the first men.
Upon first inspection, these three Tolkien quotes arise to be not cohesive statements that appear together. “Mythopoeia” seems to be depicting the forces of good and evil; “Leaf by Niggle,” endeavors to make a claim about fate, while The Silmarillion focuses on power. While these very different statements all seem to be true on a surface level, they are unrelated to their shared theme. However, through a close reading of theses texts, these three Tolkien quotes share divine commonalities that add to the structure of Tolkien’s work. While each text tells a different story, they all have the same foundation, which is Tolkien's allusion to the divine essence, the primary material world, and the role of sub-creation that man plays in these worlds.
In order to gain a better understanding of this, let us first examine the effect time had one of the more prominent Norse symbols at the time: Thor’s hammer. The pendant was a symbol of the Norse gods and their power (the hammer was a gift to Thor from his father, Odin). It was worn in most parts of Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, and Denmark). When the Catholic church began to take over in Europe, Scandinavians were held under scrutiny if they wore a symbol that defied their own spiritual beliefs. In order to cope with this, these people merged their own Norse symbol with the symbol of the Catholic church: the Crucifix.
When watching movies or reading books, you may notice a pattern or similarity in the stories. This is called an archetype. The hero’s journey is one example. Authors have different ways of expressing their thoughts in their hero’s journey. The Hobbit is about the journey of Bilbo Baggins and 13 dwarves who journey to get their treasure back.
“Hobbits only knew in legends of the dark past, like a shadow in the background of their memories, but it was ominous and disquieting. It seemed that the evil….strongholds of Mordor.” This quote indicates that even in the Shire, Frodo gets the information that not all is right with the world. The Shire is safe and guarded, but not as much as it should be. The author has used the words ominous and disquieting to make his readers uneasy and create an upsetting impression so that the readers are able to feel and sense how exactly the characters are going through. By using this technique to foreshadow events in the novel, Tolkien intensifies the dramatic impact of his
The path itself was narrow and wound in and out among the trunks.” The figurative language used gives a basic rundown on the setting. It explains the unattractive features of Mirkwood. Tolkien compares the trees as a an arch, to give the right mindset of what their situation is. He uses common comparisons to relate to the modern world yet it still fits in with his unique writing style. Tolkien exemplifies the mysterious yet troubling feeling that radiates off the forest by including many creatures that are united with the darkness,“They slept all closely huddled together, and took it in turns to watch; and when it was Bilbo's turn he would see gleams in the darkness around them, and sometimes pairs of yellow or red or green eyes would stare at him from a little distance, and then slowly fade and disappear and slowly shine out again in another place.