The Story Of The Tolkien 's ' The Hobbit '

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In the majority of tales that use the classic trope of the quest, the journey serves as a metaphor for the personal growth of the questing character, for whom the quest is often the fulfillment of a personal destiny. The story of The Hobbit is very much one of these tales. This classic novel follows the story of a comfort-loving hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who is suddenly thrust into a world of adventure and danger by a group of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield and the somewhat mysterious wizard Gandalf. Their quest is to take back what was once their homeland from the evil dragon Smaug, and they wish to use Bilbo as their burglar. Throughout their journey, Bilbo half-heartedly takes part in the affairs and also battles with trolls, giant spiders, elves, goblins, and is even part of a great war. Since the novels release over seventy years though, many people have found much in the form of allegory and symbolism of social issues and of what was happening at the time the novel was written, despite the fact that Tolkien had always strenuously denied that any of this works are in any sort of way allegorical. One of the first and very noticeable social issues with both The Hobbit and the later Lord of the Rings is the lack of women characters, being literally none in the first and hardly any in the second. That is not to say that the women characters that are in these tales are not powerful, inspiring, and extraordinary, but most of them do not have real depth to their…

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