Monday, April 23, 2012
The Truth about The Hobbit
The world we live in is full of heroes that are different shapes and sizes that people don't remember who they are a month after they do something. The story The Hobbit may make you think of a half sized person as an no everyday hero, but his actions will touch your heart and make you think that it's really possible to change the world around you no matter what size you are. The half sized person in this story by J.R.R. Tolkien is named Bilbo and his race is known as hobbits. In his distant homeland called the Shire, he was summoned by a wizard named Gandalf who requested he join them on a quest for treasure. This quest was probably the first time someone from his village had ventured out into the far reaches of the land. As you may know not all adventures take place with just one person and that was the not the case in Tolkien’s adventurous tale. Bilbo was to be accompanied by 14 dwarves including their leader Thorin and he was warned by Gandalf, "This adventure will change your life". The story grabbed a hold of situations that involved heroism, greed, metamorphosis, and Tolkien’s perfect example of how war has affected the world we live in today. Tolkien's The Hobbit proves someone can succeed even through adversity and danger while showing that a hobbit is more than meets the eye. In his journey he must reach the Lonely Mountain which is a desolate place full of dangerous monsters that would test Bilbo in every way possible. Some of the monsters he would face on the journey would be man eating trolls, spiders, and goblins. These would show his growth over time to when he returns from his journey. Also, the different types of situations he will encounter moments of heroism. Later on towards the end of his journey he will have to deal with the acts of greed from others, and endure a metamorphosis into a stronger person internally and externally. The main influence in Bilbo’s adventure was primarily Gandalf the wizard that oversees his journey. Gandalf was able to assist Bilbo in his encounter with Trolls at the first step of his travels. Bilbo was able to continue a conversation for a fairly long time with the 2 trolls. They had captured his entire party of dwarves one by one in a burlap sack to eat for later. He had been able to catch that the trolls were answering questions that they had just answered previously, and he used this to his advantage to find a way out of his mess. After a while of confusing the trolls Gandalf created a distant voice that took the place of Bilbo and drove the trolls toward it and gave him the time to help the dwarves escape. Another time when Bilbo was saved by Gandalf was during “The Battle of Five Armies”. This battle was known by this name from obviously five armies that involved Goblins, Dwarves, Elves, Men, and Eagles. Most of the battle wasn’t recorded in the story by Tolkien but what was the definite outcome from the battle was when Bilbo yelled, “The Eagles are coming!”(Chapter 6) After saying this, a goblin threw a rock at him and knocked him out for the duration of the battle. Gandalf’s part in this battle is his ability to summon the Eagles to aid him in the battle. This act of keeping Bilbo alive in these types of dangerous situations allows Gandalf to seem like an indirect hero because Bilbo doesn’t know it’s him until he tells him besides the Eagles flying into the battle. The end of the journey represented an important theme that only the finale reveals to the reader which is greed. Before Bilbo’s final battle a man named Bard the Bowman of Esgaroth killed a fearsome dragon named Smaug. After Smaug’s death the word of this great death was spread throughout the land and many nations began to rally their soldiers for war. The cause for this was Smaug’s enormous treasure. Smaug would fly around the countryside terrorizing the townspeople, stealing...
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