Knut Auvor Grythe, 2A
The Hobbit was originally produced as loud reading for Tolkien’s own children. The Inklings, a group of conservative Oxford-professors funded by Tolkien himself and his friend C. S. Lewis, convinced Tolkien to publish The Hobbit, after hearing Tolkien read parts of it. Today Tolkien is reckoned to be the father of fantasy literature, and many claim that no other fantasy writer really can compare to him. After all, Tolkien was a professor in language, and therefore knew pretty well how to create an artificial word without making it sound silly. The Hobbit is the prelude to “The Lord Of The Rings” (often called LOTR for short), which is the most popular fantasy publication of all time. Setting The setting of the story is in another world, Middle-Earth. I am not actually sure exactly where it is, but it seems to be in a “parallel dimension” or something with nature similar to that of earth. The animals are somewhat different, though. Nearly all of the creatures from ancient tales live there. There are elves and dwarves, dragons and trolls, goblins and hobbits. The rest of the setting changes throughout the story. In the beginning it is in a hole in a large hill, later they ride through woods and over tall mountains, travel on rivers and camp in caves, until we once again return to the hill.
The hobbit "I suppose hobbits need some description nowadays, since they have become rare and shy of the Big People, as they call us. They are (or were) a little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves. Hobbits have no beards. There is little or no magic about them, except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along, making a noise like elephants which they can hear a mile off. They are inclined to be fat in the stomach; they dress in bright colours (chiefly green and yellow); wear no shoes, because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads (which is curly); have long clever brown fingers, good-natured faces, and laugh deep fruity laughs (especially after dinner, which they have twice a day when they can get it)." Some believe the hobbits are based on Tolkien himself, being a kind of self-portrait. Hobbits usually live in a well-ordered and well-farmed countryside, similar to that of England. Hobbits are by nature peaceful, and avoid any kind of adventure. They prefer staying at home eating biscuits and drinking tea, farming in their gardens, or blowing smoke-rings with their pipes. They usually avoid rivers and lakes, since boats, swimming and other watery activities are way too adventurous for them. Hobbits are also very fond of maps, and the usage of them in peaceful walks.
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However. but brothers sometimes use the same colour. Part-time friends. The wizards were summoned with limited power. the women seem to have beards as well). not even dragons. and also is a bit “wilder” than the average hobbit. Bifur. and does his job well. The dwarves Dwarves are quickly recognized by their excessive usage of the phrase “At your service”. goblins. smaller than humans. being the grandson of he who once ruled the Lonely Mountain. because their mission was to organise the resistance and to inspire the peoples of Middle-Earth to help themselves. though not as quiet as hobbits. not to do the job for them. He becomes a daring burglar and swordfighter. for instance brothers or cousins. part-time enemies Elves. “Our” hobbit.
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. trolls. Bofur and Bombur. Perhaps this is some kind of code. Whenever they make the slightest sound. but they avoid using it much. sort of like incarnated angels. but perhaps a bit greedy when faced upon treasure. after being headhunted by Gandalf the wizard for a treasure hunt. They wear hoods in different colours. Dwarves move very quietly. Gandalf himself is just like the other wizards. fits this description perfectly in the beginning of the book. he wisely does not attempt to fight them. Beorn (the bear-man).
Other characters worth mentioning:
Friends Eagles. Oin. who is hardly afraid of anything. 2A
This is the traditional description of a hobbit.The hobbit
Knut Auvor Grythe. and Oin and Gloin have torches and can light fires. I am really not sure. which make them rather useful at times. Gloin.) Dwarves are known to be very polite. but that is not correct. Gandalf (“Elf of the wand”). he soon has a rather significant change of heart. The individual dwarves have specialized skills. the Grey Wizard Gandalf is one of the five wizards who were sent to Middle-Earth to help there. which was later taken over by Smaug the Magnificent. giant spiders. For instance. Bilbo Baggins. Similar names indicate that they are closely related. like the Scottish tartans or something. they do have some tricks like fireballs and flashes of light. end extremely strong. Kili and Fili are young and good at scouting and playing on harps. Ori. men (humans). However. Thorin is their leader. Nori. Kili. Dori. Fili. However. Enemies Smaug the Magnificent (the dragon). The dwarves mentioned in this tale are: Thorin. Bilbo exclaims: “Drat this dwarfish racket!” They have very long beards (actually. (It seems to me that little is certain in fantasy literature. fellow dwarves (usually relatives). They are taller than hobbits. Perhaps it drains them of strength. (Although he has the wits to lay low when they are around. The wizards have the shape of humans and are messengers to help in the struggle against evil. he is part of a hobbit-breed who looks a bit like elves.) Some believe he is a bit adventurous for a hobbit even in the beginning because there is a tiny bit of elf in his breed.
Although the book is omniscient.The hobbit
Knut Auvor Grythe. Still there is chaos when Gandalf “turns off the light”. On the way they experience many adventures. The cover of the book makes you believe that the dragon plays an important role. Like for instance the word mithril. The Lonely Mountain. There seems to be no limit to his luck. reading one section each evening. It is simple by being straightforward. so naturally this book is not my personal favourite. Bilbo Baggins. There are some. and being moved around by a giant spider. actually. falling asleep. travel. Personally. 2A
The plot Bilbo Baggins. Why were there any lights in the first place. since it is a very well written book.) Use of language The language in The Hobbit is both simple and advanced. I am really not that very fond of fantasy. dragons and such. with very few logical errors. though. I am not sure whether they wrote this way when Tolkien lived. considering that the book was actually written as loud reading for Tolkien’s children. which Tolkien (who actually invented new languages in his spare time) has invented and used in the book. However. the dragon only being “one in the crowd”. and why was it a problem for the goblins when it disappeared? And Bilbo. the elves’ name of silver-steel. With the book written like that one can easily divide it into parts. which does not exist in this world. Gandalf and thirteen dwarves travel back to where the dwarves used to live. it is rather shallow: Thought is not an important part of the book. We usually follow Bilbo Baggins. without fancy stuff like images and such. there are a lot of “new” words. or if he used this language because it fits better to the “old-fashioned” stories of dwarves. but still joins the dwarves in their quest for their treasure. fighting and adventure are. does not really care about money or gold. they hardly see him before he flies off and gets killed by someone else about twenty pages later. After all it is a book for children. still knows the exact direction to his friends. One thing I noticed was a lot of drinking and smoking. I do not believe that would be included if the book was written today. Point of view The story is written in third person omniscient.
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. After reading about two hundred pages of travelling towards the dragon. My own opinion The book is very convincing and well written. The book actually seems to be a compilation of many little stories. to steal back their humongous treasure which Smaug the dragon stole a long time ago. The English used also looks fairly old-fashioned. because the adventure sounds appealing. (Although he does not want to admit this to himself. The words added in the book are usually names of special objects or kinds of food. but not all the time. Theme I believe the theme of the story is something like “seeking adventure”. A bit annoying when you have read two hundred pages waiting for some dragon action. If I did like fantasy I would probably think it is great. The part about the dragon was a huge disappointment for me. after stumbling around in complete darkness. the most important character. Quite logical. like for instance these two: Goblins can see in complete darkness without trouble.