The Hobbit was the first of Tolkien’s story of Middle Earth and was thought as a children’s book. “The Hobbit” explains, the main plot of the storyline is a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins goes on an adventure with thirteen dwarves and a wizard named Gandalf to reclaim the dwarves’ homeland in The Lonely Mountain from an evil fire-breathing dragon named Smaug. On the way the company encounters goblins, giant spiders, trolls, and many other undesirable things. While on the quest, Bilbo finds a magic ring which he steals from a slimy creature corrupted by the ring named Gollum. (95-101). The main characters include Bilbo Baggins (main hero), Gandalf the Grey, Thorin Oakenshield (leader of the dwarves), Balin, Dwalin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, Ori, Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin (the other 12 dwarves), Elrond (leader of the elves), Goblins (captures the company), Gollum (creature that Bilbo takes the ring from), Wargs (giant evil wolves). Bard (kills Smaug) (“The Hobbit” 95-101). The major themes of The Hobbit include the struggle between Good and Evil, Fate and Chance, Friendship, Death, and Valor (“The Hobbit” 95-101). “The Lord of the Rings was his second major piece of literature and was more sophisticated and considered a more adult trilogy. The Lord of the Rings” states, the major plot of The Lord of the Rings is that a hobbit named Frodo Baggins goes on an adventure to destroy an evil ring
J.R.R. Tolkien (1892–1973) was an English philologist, professor, and writer. In 1954, he Published Lord of the Rings, gaining millions of fans and causing a stir in the literary world. The trilogy has also been adapted into a multiple award-winning film series directed by Peter Jackson (Doughan). Tolkien was influenced by other epics such as Beowulf, which he translated, as well as the languages he invented himself. But perhaps his biggest influence was the era in which he lived. Tolkien lived through two world wars before writing Lord of the Rings, and fought in World War I (Doughan). Hiding in the trenches, watching fellow soldiers be killed in front of him, he was a witness to great displays of cruelty and violence committed by those attempting to gain power. And indeed, power is one of the biggest themes explored in his novels. While Lord of the Rings features characters both good and evil, none of the characters were born evil, but were corrupted by their lust for power.
Thesis: John Ronald Reule Tolkien’s life experiences influenced his writing, beginning as a student, then a soldier, lexigrapher, professor, and then a writer to his own children; Tolkien’s life created the place known to most as Middle-Earth.
Throughout the story line of The Hobbit, Tolkien links his fantasy world of middle earth with the reader's world. He uses his imagination to draw his reader into middle earth and allows them to glimpse his view of the evil that he witnessed living and serving in the time of WWI. Tolkien does this to show that not all technological advancements are for the common good.
The Hobbit, written by John R. R. Tolkien, is a fantasy novel published on September 21, 1937. It was written as a prelude to the famous series, The Lord of the Rings, written seventeen years later. The Hobbit introduces the reader to an incredibly immersive fantasy world, that enriches the reader into its epic storyline. The story takes place in a land called Middle-earth, a land filled with enchanting surprises and magical wonders. It was the perfect playground for Tolkien to develop his main character Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo Baggins was a small hobbit, who unaware in the beginning would become a large role in the plot. It is through this character that Tolkien implemented the theme of heroism into the story. Bilbo’s
J. R. R. Tolkien created a book with magic, fantasy, and wonder. He created a fiction based story with belief. In the beginning of the story, Bilbo Baggins was a tired, clumsy hobbit. He faced many challenges and also became victorious. The hobbit made friends with the 13 dwarves, a wizard and many more magical creatures. They went on a journey to gain, land, riches, and to kill the scary beast Smaug. Eventually, Bilbo had to go home, but he went home with a smile on his face knowing he became something he never thought he could be.
When J.R.R tolkien set his himself down to write the hobbit. He was attempting to create a fantasy that addressed the fundamental needs as he saw them of humanity. He wrote about these needs and his purpose in an essay called “J.R.R. Tolkien, On Fairy Stories” However before I attempt to indulge into Tolkien's work and the underlying factors that influenced him. We must understand that within in his essay addressing fairy tales Tolkien defines fairy stories as “A tale about fairies, or generally a fairy legend; with developed senses,” I will not go into depth on this definition as i feel it is not very important in the grand scheme of things, however i do feel it is important to understand what i will
The Lord of The Rings, a widely read trilogy of books adapted for the screen in a trilogy of popular movies, takes place in the Land of Middle Earth. Some fans of the series do not realize that Middle Earth was no abstract concept in the mind of its creator, J. R. R. Tolkien. On the contrary, he developed an intricate language, mythology, and history for his country. After his death, his son Christopher helped gather and publish some of these works for the enjoyment of people around the world. A detailed history of Middle Earth became available four years after the death of Tolkien, called The Silmarillion.
There are certain books that have the ability to shift the reader’s perception of the world permanently. These are the classics: Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, the list goes on. Each of these books carries qualities that have withstood the test of time, that resonate with the readers even today. One of book that has not yet received its status as a classic is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. However, its powerful messages, deep meaning, and appeal to a wide audience make it a book that every student in the Honors Program should read.
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have been beloved works among many generations of readers since they were first published. The author of these two books, J.R.R. Tolkien is just as interesting a man as many of the characters he created in the world of Middle-Earth. John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born in Africa to a banker manager and his wife in 1892 and had only one sibling, Hilary, who was less than two years younger (Wikipedia). When he was young both of his parents died (one from rheumatic fever, the other from diabetes) and he and his brother were raised by a Catholic priest in Birmingham (Wikipedia). Tolkien was involved in World War One and Two, first as a serviceman, then as a cryptographer (Wikipedia). Indeed he was very
J. R. R. Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known by his books The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion. He taught at the University of Oxford. Tolkien was bilingual, he spoke Greek, Latin, French, German, Middle English, Old English, Finnish, Gothic, Italian, Old Norse, Spanish, Welsh, and Medieval Welsh. His fascination with languages and his imagination led him to creating his own languages; Elvish, Dwarvish, Entish, and Black Speech. His books are so well known and loved by so many people. They help people see differently about life and how we should be spending the little time that we have to the fullest. At a young age Tolkien lost his father and then few years later
J.R.R. Tolkien is a writing superhero who has created a vast world that can be compared and contrasted. One interesting fact about J.R.R. Tolkien is that he knew at least 20 languages and made many of his own. Knowing and making many languages is what really solidified his way of writing, by doing so he created multiple languages that are used in both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. To understand the differences between Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit is necessary to take a closer look at the theme, plot, and characters.
The hobbit is not only a fantasy story for children; it reflects on society as well. The book was first published in September 21, 1937, after the First World War, which deeply influenced Tolkien. When WWI broke out, as an Oxford student, Tolkien joined the Lancashire Fusiliers as a second lieutenant so that he could serve his country. He had unique experiences on the front lines, experiences of both life and death, and saw “ordinary” soldiers both win battles and pass away every day. In The “Hobbit” (as well as “The Lord of the Rings”), Tolkien wrote not only about tragic warfare, but also about the elements of heroism that he observed in his service as a soldier as well.
2."JRR Tolkien." JRR Tolkien. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. http://www.tolkien-online.com/. “It was conceived that Tolkien was always writing some type of interesting writings. They were often conceived with a fantasy as a profound or powerful form at literature with intense philosophical and spiritual meaning, serious purposes, and eternal appeal.” 4.Tolkien, J. R. R., Mary Salu, and Robert T. Farrell. J.R.R. Tolkien, Scholar and Storyteller: Essays in Memoriam. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1979. Print.