Comparing The Hobbit And The Lord Of The Rings

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In “The Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy there are two characters of similarity that play a key role in both narratives. Thorin II Oakinshield and Aragorn II Elessar are two would be kings who come into their crowns in time for their own respective books or series to end. Both dwarf and man have a journey to their individual thrones and in particular the genesis, the journey and the end of their adventures share a great deal of commonality and precarious differences, variables that with or without their crowns says and awful lot about them. Thorin II Oakinshield is the heir to the dwarven throne in the east, under the Lonely Mountain near the ruins of Dale. His family and people are driven out by a great and terrible dragon named Smaug. After this catastrophe he and the remainder of his people wander middle earth looking for work and settling where they can. Thorin leads them for some time before meeting with a Wizard by the name of Gandalf, who convinces Thorin and his company of dwarves that they should invest in a burglar and go retake their homes. Thorin and Company meet Gandalf at the home of a hobbit by the name of Bilbo Baggins and recruit him for their escapade thus beginning the quest. Aragorn II Elessar son of Isledor is a ranger of the North and leads a contingent of wandering Dunadane in a secrete defense of the hobbit occupied lands of the Shire. At the beginning of the series he is sent to escort the hobbits entrusted with the ring to the elven
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