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Fantasy and The Hobbit

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Transcript of Fantasy and The Hobbit

Fantasy Literature
and Tolkien's
The Hobbit

The Fantasy Genre
The definition of this fictional genre could be described as something that contains elements that are not realistic, such as magical powers, talking animals, etc. Fantasy is often characterized by a departure from the accepted rules by which individuals perceive the world around them; it represents that which is impossible (unexplained) and outside the parameters of our known, reality. Make-believe is what this genre is all about.
The Hobbit
Thank you!
Elements of Fantasy
Contains one or more of the following:
supernatural occurrences
characters or objects with magical powers
animals or objects with human characteristics
real people in fantastic places
fantastic creatures or humans in real situations
Common Themes
good v. evil
overcoming fear
J.R.R. Tolkien
Born January 3, 1892 in South Africa
Moved to England early in his childhood.
By age 12, both of his parents had died, leaving him and his brother orphans in the care of a priest.
He received a deeply religious, but good education.
He revealed early on that he had remarkable linguistic skills.
After serving in the British military during WWI, he returned to his study of linguistics and writing.
He published
The Hobbit
in 1937, and the
Lord of the Rings
trilogy followed in 1954-55
Types of Fantasy Settings
The novel begins and ends in a fantasy world.
(The Hobbit)
The novel begins in the real world, but characters move into a fantasy world.
(The Chronicles of Narnia)
The novel takes place in the real world, but elements of fantasy are present.
(Harry Potter)
History of Fantasy
For as long as people have been writing stories, there have been fantasy stories. It is natural to create supernatural beings and mythical creatures when creating a story.
In the 1800s, it hit a streak of popularity. Stories with creatures such as goblins and fairies were very popular.
Although its popularity died out in the late 1800s and early 1900s, J.R.R. Tolkien is largely responsible for its resurgence into mainstream media.
"Fantasy Fiction Genre Definition |
Find Me An Author." 2006. 5 Jan. 2015
<http://www.findmeanauthor.com/fantasy_fiction_genre.htm>

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