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Singing In The Hobbit

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Each of the magical creatures in “The Hobbit” have certain tunes, tones, and styles of singing. Some are joyous and adventurous, others can be sad, dark, or unsettling. The 3 creatures that have been shown to sing in the first five chapters are Dwarves, Elves, and Goblins. Their singing defines their characters and what the seek among their journies through their life. Their character will be read like an open book when their songs are listened to closely.

The Dwarves’ songs are full of adventurous thoughts of going through the oldest of dungeons and the coldest of mountains. They also enjoy riches beyond their wildest dreams when they sing about treasures guarded by the dragon, Smaug. They seems to be the certain kind to throw their life
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They despise Dwarves and show it by often taunting their beards (They’re just jealous they cannot grow one!). They have an a-a-a-a-b-b rhyme scheme going which is different from the Dwarves’ a-a-b-a rhyme scheme. They are fond of visitors as shown by questioning song, “O! Will you be staying, or will you be flying?”. These two song styles are positive feeling, but that is going to change for the next creature tune.

Goblins songs are full of onomatopoeias such as Clap!, Snap!, Grab!, Nab!, etc… The songs also introduce prisoners to their demise, but not in a good way. Goblins are fond of violence due to the mention of weapons and torture devices such as hammers, knockers, gongs, and (shudders) tongs. Goblins also enjoy the sounds of victims being tortured by work as the song mentions, “Work, work! Nor dare to shirk, while Goblins quaff, and Goblins laugh.”. Goblins are truly disgusting creatures.

A wise(?) man once said, “There’s an awful lot you can tell about someone by their shoes.” The same thing can be said about music. Dwarves are adventurous and money-wanting. Elves are happy and musical. Goblins are torturous, disgusting, and not to mention terrible at singing. Music among creatures is a powerful element to their culture society, in the process of making their species
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