Keep The Hobbit in School
“Fantasy is escapist and that is glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape? If we value the freedom of mind and soul if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!” This quote is by J.R.R. Tolkien, the author and creator of the middle-earth themed novel, the Hobbit. Tolkien explains the innocence of fantasy fiction novels. The Hobbit wasn’t written as a way to subliminally praise black magic and wizardry, rather to provide a literary “escape” for readers of all kin. Since the book’s birth, The Hobbit has been banned countless times in numerous countries for insane reasons. These reasons stretch all the way from sorcery, to violence, and even include an act as minor as the use of tobacco. Although The Hobbit contains violence, wizardry, and other questionable material, this award-winning classic should remain in every library across the globe.
Tolkien had several reasons for creating the novel set in middle-earth, (but The Hobbit was mainly designed to create an escape for his vast amount of readers). Tolkien provides his wide audience with many crucial life lessons throughout the 279 pages in this award winning fantasy novel. Contrary to the belief of many, this novel by J.R.R. Tolkien was not written as a way to promote witchcraft, violence, or even greed, but rather allow his readers an escape from everyday life. “All that is gold does not glitter, not all who wander are lost, the old that is strong does not wither...” (Tolkien). J.R.R. Tolkien’s quote from The Hobbit covers not only the fact of materialism, but the act of escape, and perseverance. The lessons taught in this novel do not resemble that of a book that deserves to be banned, but rather this novel should be taught to students everywhere.
Tolkien provides many positive themes in this novel that include heroism, surveillance, courage, and of course the most...
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