In 1949, Joseph Campbell discussed the hero’s journey, the foundation commonly used in stories throughout history. In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the hero’s journey narrative is used to tell the story of Bilbo Baggins’s adventure. The novel follows Bilbo Baggins and a company of dwarves as they seek to take back the dwarves’ fallen kingdom. As the story progresses, Bilbo’s character develops and the dwarves perception of him develops through the many trials before the death of Smaug the dragon and the final battle between a variety of mythical creatures. In The Hobbit, the dwarves originally doubt Bilbo’s abilities but as Bilbo encounters more obstacles and succeeds, the dwarves perception turns to one of respect and admiration.
“You can trust us to stick to you, through thick and thin – to the bitter end. And you can trust us to keep any secret of yours – closer than you keep it yourself. But you cannot trust us to let you face trouble alone, and go off without a word. We are your friends, Frodo” (Tolkien 103) This sentiment expressed by Merry, one of Frodo’s many friends, perfectly expresses the theme of friendship within the book. Friendship is sticking by a friend and being trustworthy while also protecting one’s friend. Without his friends, Frodo would not have completed his journey to Rivendell. Although many friends aided Frodo, three friends in particular provided invaluable help to Frodo during his journey to Rivendell.
Lord Acton once said, "Power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely." He was probably referring to the powerful kings and queens who held power over many people. But, we could see how power is something many of the characters in Tolkien's story are trying to have and hold onto in some form or another. In The Fellowship of the Ring J.R.R. Tolkien tells us a story about Frodo Baggins who is ordered by Gandalf to destroy the powerful ring discovered accidentally by his older cousin, Bilbo. Like the rest of the hobbits, Frodo has lived quite peacefully and well, not having to worry about how dark and dreary the rest of Middle Earth was becoming under Sauron's growing power. Now, Frodo,
Where would we be without heroes in fiction? What would we have left? No Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, Superman, Sir Lancelot, or Captain Ahab. Name a work of fiction that does not revolve around or at least include a hero of some caliber. Ask yourself what stories could we still enjoy without the greatest characters of literary history. We as people have shown time and time again that nothing can beat our love for heroes, they have a special place in our hearts rivaled only by their associated villains. Without them most stories just wouldn't be the same. The Hobbit is a perfect example of the importance of heroism in literary fiction.
In life, courage is the best way to find peace in chaotic and unfamiliar situations. In J.R.R Tolkien’s famous book, The Hobbit, Tolkien addresses this issue through the adventurers of Bilbo. Tolkien believes that courage is one of the most important attributes and courage can overcome all fears.
How can an author write a story which appeals to a present day audience? Richard H. Tyre published an article in 1978 that gives an answer to this very question. Tyre explains how most kids today choose to read books like the Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings series, and even The Wizard of Oz. An existing theory that Tyre came up with explains that each of these books, along with many others, have one thing in common: 6 plot elements. Not only do these stories contain the same 6 elements but those elements are in the same order! Tyre states that “(1) those who hunt for treasure, (2) must go alone, (3) at night, (4) and when they find it, (5) they must leave some of their blood behind, (6) and the treasure is never what they expected.” (Tyre 2). J.R.R. Tolkien is the author of The Hobbit. The Hobbit revolves around one hobbit in particular named Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo embarks on a journey with 14 others to recover a treasure that is guarded by a dragon. Along the way Bilbo faces many challenges that range from running into huge trolls, to taking part in fierce battles. Due to it’s main character hunting for treasure, facing most of the dangers alone, battling during the wee hours of the night, eventually finding the treasure, after sweating/crying/and enduring injuries, just to have the treasure revealed to him as not what he expected, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is undoubtedly a perfect example of Tyre’s 6 plot elements.
If the study of literature shows nothing else, it shows that every author, consciously or subconsciously, creates his (or her) work after his (or her) own worldview. Tolkien is no exception. "I am a Christian..." he writes(1), and his book shows it. Christianity appears not as allegory--Tolkien despises that(2)--nor as analogy, but as deep under girding presuppositions, similarities of pattern, and shared symbols.
In the poems “The Inferno” and “Beowulf,” heroism is attributed to many acts by the characters and the authors. However, the inferno poem shows utmost bravery compared to those of the Beowulf poem. The heroic deeds of Dante’s Inferno are far much evident than the courage in the Beowulf poem. (Yookang Kim). The following arguments justify the above point from the analysis of the two; Inferno and Beowulf. This assignment analyses the character that showed more heroism between Beowulf and Dante the Pilgrim.
At this point I have identified three major themes in The Hobbit. These three themes being loyalty, heroism, and greed. You can identify these as themes because they are underlying messages that appear frequently throughout the story. These qualities provide a big picture for the story and can teach you things about life. These lessons are to always be loyal, anybody can be a hero and greed can lead to more troubles than triumphs.
Mankind has always been fascinated by the afterlife. In light of this fascination, it is no surprise that two Christian authors, both known for their fantasy literature, wrote imaginative accounts of the metaphysical: “Leaf by Niggle”, by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Great Divorce, written by C.S. Lewis. Although the works are similar in their vivid imagery and creative imaginings, they are markedly different in style and in the characters they use to develop their story. Both authors create two distinct worlds that are somewhere between Heaven and Hell and both offer beautifully descriptive accounts of these worlds. However, Tolkien’s style is quiet and meditative while Lewis writes with clarity and boldness. Tolkien limits his examination to two main characters while Lewis studies many characters.
The Hobbit directed by Peter Jackson is a movie that lets you see how the underdog goes from being small and not noticed to becoming the hero that will bring back hope and save the day. Everyone likes a good underdog story and I for one think that The Hobbit is a perfect example of it. Throughout this movie, it slowly makes the main character Bilbo Baggins more of the light in dark and makes him become more hero like with each passing event. Throughout this movie, the tone helps to bring out the inner heroism and light in Bilbo. In the start of the movie, Bilbo gets 13 uninvited guests that show up and ask him to join them on their mission to take back their home, the Lonely Mountain. This is a very powerful scene with a very serious underlying tone to it. The scene starts off with playful banter and fun throughout the 12 dwarfs but when Thorin Oakenshield arrives the mood gets very serious by how the music changes and the interaction between characters. The music was a big hint in the serious tone since it went from more upbeat and energetic to a softer volume and slowed down a bit. The characters interactions are still friendly with each other but when confronting Bilbo they get more focused. The body language is also stiffer and less carefree when the call for help is talked about. Another scene is where Bilbo's ability to bring out some hope is when the Company has to get back there ponies from 3 mountain trolls. During this scene Bilbo has to bite back is fear of the
What is a leader? The Oxford dictionary defines a leader as “ A person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.” In the novel “The Hobbit” by the esteemed J.R.R. Tolkien, one of the characters is Thorin Oakenshield. Thorin is the grandson of Thror, who tragically passed away, leaving Thorin to defend his legacy as King under the mountain. Thorin begins to lead 12 other dwarves and a Hobbit to reclaim his grandfather's legacy of an unimaginable amount of gold. But is Thorin in any sense a heroic leader? I believe that while Thorin Oakenshield displays a gallant demeanor, he is actually a coward at heart.
Looking back at early forms of literature we notice the classic idea of heroism in Beowulf. As time passes by the notion of a hero changes. Consciousness in early literature such as, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, does not enter the innermost thoughts. The notion of a hero and the notion of consciousness changes within literature through time. In the novel, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen the hero is portrayed differently compared to earlier texts as well as the characters being aware of one’s environment. The author Jane Austen, carefully shapes her characters’ actions, feelings and affiliations in a specific way. In Sense and Sensibility we have a clearer picture of the consciousness of characters than what we see in Beowulf or Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
"Three Rings for the Eleven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his Dark throne, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie(Tolkien)." Master of storytelling J.R.R. Tolkien continues the lives of the fictitious creatures that he introduced in The Hobbit, in his modern classic The Fellowship of the Ring. He artfully illustrates the truths of the evil that plague the hearts of man. He tells a story of greed, destruction and how mortal men are enslaved by
As, perhaps arguably, his most famous novel, from his most famous book series, The Chronicles of Narnia, there has been much debate as to his motives for the implementation of religion in his works, and even some question as to whether religion is an actual existing aspect of the work. This essay will not only outline the unmistakable presence of religious allegory, but also focus on the purpose of it being there. Thus being, that C.S Lewis uses religious allegory to effectively introduce and develop core themes of the novel in a fashion both comprehensible and relatable for a universal audience.