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The Hobbit

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Transcript of The Hobbit

Symbolism is when an
ordinary object in
literature is given
a deeper, more
significant
meaning.
When Bilbo got lost underground, he found a ring, and later found the owner, a mad, lonely, slimy creature named Gollum. Gollum treasured the ring more than anything else, so much it made him go crazy. Bilbo did not know at the time how much the ring would mean to him in the future, it was just a ring. He would later discover that the ring made him invisible. The ring is a symbol of power in The Hobbit, it helps Bilbo become more powerful on more than one occasion.
The ring symbolizes power. Gollum, the previous owner of the ring, could not handle the power, and therefore went crazy.
For example, "He had a ring, a golden ring, a precious ring. 'My birthday-present!' he whispered to himself, as he had often done in the endless dark days. 'That's what we wants now, yes; we wants it!' He wanted it because it was a ring of power, and if you slipped that ring on your finger, you were invisible; only in the full sunlight could you be seen, and then only by your shadow, and that would be shaky and faint."(page 89)
This proves my point that Gollum could not handle the ring because he is talking nonsense, an obvious sign of being mad. In addition, the ring could have been the reason Gollum lived in the cave. For example, the books speaks about when Gollum used to be "less lonely" (page 83) a long time ago, suggesting that he used to have friends and be mentally sound before he got the ring.
Unlike Gollum, the power of the ring benefited Bilbo.
"Somehow, the killing of the giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark without the help of the wizard or the dwarves or of anyone else, made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach, as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath."(page 170)
This proves my point that the ring benefited Bilbo because before he got the ring, he was unsure of himself and cowardly, only trying to appear brave in front of his fellow adventurers. Now, without anyone knowing, he made a courageous act, powered by the ring.
These two quotes prove that the ring is a symbol for power in The Hobbit. The two owners of the ring had different ways of dealing with the power. The ring made Gollum mad, but made Bilbo courageous. These different consequences prove that only some people can handle power. I think the author was trying to communicate that power put into the wrong hands can lead to consequences for the wielder of power and those around them
The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Step 2: Writer's Craft

The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Step 1: Symbolism

Tone
The tone in
The Hobbit
is lighthearted, strait forward, and hopeful, even in what would normally be gloomy and depressing times. J. R. R. Tolkien chose this tone because
The Hobbit
was meant to be a read aloud children's story. After
The Hobbit
was written, the "in" type of tone changed from happy to dark. This made J. R. R. Tolkien switch to a more heavy and depressing tone while writing
The Lord of the Rings
series.
Tone Examples
1.) "'Go back?' he thought. 'No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to! On we go!' So up he got, and trotted along with his little sword held in front of him and one hand feeling the wall, and his heart all of a patter and a pitter." (page 77-78)
This example shows how the tone is peppy and uplifting even when Bilbo is stranded alone in a dark cave.
2.) "'If you want food, and if you want to go on with this silly adventure-it's yours after all and not mine-you had better slap your arms and rub your legs and try and help me get the others out while there is a chance!' Thorin of course saw the sense in this, so after a few more groans he got up and helped the hobbit as well as he could. (page 210)
This quote proves that even when the adventurer's are sick and starving, the tone makes the moment feel lighthearted.
3.)"'What shall we do, what shall we do!' he cried. 'Escaping goblins to to be caught by wolves!' he said, and it became a proverb, though we now say 'out of the frying-pan into the fire' in the same sort of uncomfortable situations." (page 109)
This example shows that the tone of
The Hobbit
is very pleasant because the word choice "uncomfortable situations" is about just as pleasant for almost getting killed as one can get.
Original Tone Examples
1.) "Which way should I go?" Anne wondered. The forest had the same fluffy snow on pine trees in every direction. Her huskies yipped excitedly, their breath making wispy smoke in the air. Anne watched the fog disappear into the clear, starry night. "Dear me! The stars! How could I have not this earlier?" she thought. She knew which way to go now. She strolled towards the north star, her huskies pulling her sled with ease behind her.
2.) Joe slowly backed away from the snake. Up closer, he could see that it was quite a nasty creature, all slimy and wet. It was a terrible animal, and a dreadful situation to be in. He had been in many of these non-favorable incidents ever since he got a new job at the zoo. They always put him in a fright for a few days. Joe stepped out of the snake exhibit and breathed a sigh of relief although he still felt uncomfortable about the beady eyes staring at him.
3.) Rose shielded her ears from the terrible screeching of the siren. She disliked tornadoes very much and hoped that she never had to experience another night in the uncomfortable, dim basement. "I will never again sleep in that dreadful basement." she thought, "I will stay in bed and go to sleep, the tornadoes never seem to come this way anyway." Rose plopped back in her bed as the gloom outside changed to howling wind
The Hobbit

by J. R. R. Tolkien
Step 3: Research

Topic:
Dwarves

Know:
Need to Know:
What religion/story did the myth of Dwarves originate from?
What were the myths that Dwarves were in?
When did the idea of dwarves originate?
Did people ever believe dwarves existed?
Where did Tolkien get the idea of dwarves and other creatures?
Did the myths ever impact daily life of ancient people?
They are part of some types of mythology
They are known to have long beards
There are thirteen dwarves in The Hobbit (Thorin, Dori, Nori, Ori, Balin, Dwalin, Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, and Bombur)
They come from the lonely mountain in
The Hobbit
They are small compared to humans

What I Learned:
The idea of dwarves originated from Norse Mythology, a religion that took place in Britain and Germany during the Middle Ages. This is where Tolkien pulled his information about dwarves and other creatures in his books. The dwarves were small and deformed creatures believed to be created from the maggots from the dead body of Ymir. Therefore, dwarves are considered creatures of the dead. Like in
The Hobbit
, the dwarves lived under ground and loved treasure and rare metals. However, unlike in
The Hobbit
, they were known for their skills of craftsmanship, such as making the hammer of Thor. It is the elves that have good craftsmanship in
The Hobbit,
not the dwarves. Also, according to Norse Mythology, they were known to have magical powers, and turned to stone in sunlight. This differs to
The Hobbit
because in the book, the trolls turn to stone in the sunlight, not the dwarves.
Resources
http://www.theapricity.com/forum/showthread.php?2011-The-Origins-Dwarves-in-Germanic-Folklore-and-Mythology
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norse_mythology
http://www.viking-mythology.com/
http://norse-mythology.org/gods-and-creatures/dwarves/
http://norse-mythology.org/
http://www.examiner.com/article/tolkien-word-of-the-day-dwarves
Fun Facts About Norse Mythoogy:
Thor and Loki were gods in Norse Mythology
Thor was the god of thunder and was very powerful
Loki was the trickster god and was considered "evil"
Norse Mythology also features Thor's hammer
Same person?
I think not.
Norse
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By: Lily Agnacian
Period 3
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