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Themes And Ideas Shown In "The Hobbit" By Jrr Tolkien

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Many books have a central theme that can mask smaller implied ideas and subjects. JRR Tolkien's books typically include a main story as well as secondary tales and a singular idea that cover smaller implied concepts. The Hobbit wavers very little from Tolkien's style. The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkien is a journey through maturation, through psyche, and through Middle-Earth.In "The Hobbit" one is lead through the progression of maturation, and development of the main character, Bilbo Baggins. In the beginning of the story, Bilbo is a person afraid to traverse across the boundaries of his comfort zones, or his hobbit hole and the Shire. Day says that Bilbo's personality is out of balance and far ...view middle of the document...

Later he saves the dwarves from spiders and escapes from goblins. Finally, Bilbo helps make peace between the Lake-Men and the Dwarves. This summarizes the change in Bilbo's attitude towards what life should be like. As his outlook on life changes he stops being a bystander in situations, he gets involved, and begins making a difference."The Hobbit" covers the battle in the psyche between two attributes each trying to take over ones' persona. "The Hobbit is a journey into one's own psyche and person, difficulties and choices along the way" (O'Neil 83). Bilbo's feminine or Baggins side portrays him as an amenity loving pansy. Matthews states, "His primary concerns, like those of any child, are with physical comforts. Eating is probably his favorite activity" (61). Gandalf awakens his masculine side, often called Tookish when he pushes Bilbo out the door of his home. From the point that Bilbo leaves his house without his pipe or handkerchief, his personality, slowly but consistently, moves toward that of the dwarves. As the story continues, the Tookish characteristics appear more and more frequently. "By the time the dwarves escape from the caverns of the Wood-elves, Bilbo is clearly the leader" (Crabbe 57). Throughout the story, both sides battle for control of Bilbo's personality. Not until the end, however, does the Tookish side actually triumph over Bilbo's feminine side when he meets Smaug the Worm of Melkor, the most glorious and fearsome creature in all of Middle-Earth at the time. "Bilbo nonetheless courageously enters through the enchanted door, steals into the mountain, puts on his ring, and creeps noiselessly 'down, down, down into the dark'" (Kocher 52). However, Bilbo still reverts to his Baggins-like qualities occasionally after the adventure has come to an end. This can be analogous to when someone is struggling with which path to take not being able to make the decision. There are an infinite number of paths to take in Bilbo's world, because of the size and intricacy of Middle-Earth."The Hobbit" takes place in the incredibly detailed world of Middle-Earth, a creation of Tolkien's mind alone. Middle-Earth can be thought of as comparable to today's world. He invents some of and arranges all of the geography, inhabitants, and history himself. Tolkien probably takes some ideas from early European lore and geography. When asked what lay east and south of Middle-Earth, he replies,"Asia, China, Japan, and all the things which people in the West regard as far away. And south of Harad is Africa, the hot countries." When he was asked, "That makes Middle-Earth Europe, doesn't it?" He replied, "Yes, of course - Northwestern Europe... where my imagination comes from'" (Curry 111).There are many creatures and beings inhabiting Middle-Earth....

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