The Tolkien 's The Hobbit

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J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit is arguably one of the most popular children 's books of all time. The novel, because it includes characters such as trolls, elves, giants, goblins, and others is the reason that this story is a fairytale. This fairytale centers on a little hobbit known as Bilbo Baggins. It tracks the expedition of a group of dwarves, and a wizard, Gandalf, and their burglar, Bilbo as they travel to retrieve treasure that had been stolen from them long ago. The hobbit journeyed far, starting at Bilbo 's tiny, earthy home in the ground, then to Mirkwood forest, and to the Mountain where the dragon Smaug nests with its vast treasures. Tolkien makes good use of imagery in his writing, and it is quite apparent in this work. The imagery is typically either dark or light and directly correlates to Bilbo’s mood. J.R.R Tolkien uses light and dark imagery in his novel The Hobbit to effectually set an uncanny and secretive mood and to foretell future activities such as Bilbo 's expedition through Mirkwood and his escapade in the Mountain.

To understand Tolkien 's use of imagery, one must understand imagery as a concept. "Imagery refers to words that trigger the mind of a reader to recall images, or mental pictures, that engage one of the five senses: sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch" (Poxon). "There are two common types of images: literal and figurative" (Poxon). A literal image represents a "literal object or sensation. Its meaning is obvious and realistic and…

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