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The Hobbit

"The Hobbit" by J.R.R Tolkien presentation - Padeia English I

Hanadi Ibrahim

on 12 February 2014

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I chose this book because the author created a world full of creatures and landscapes and cultures which made it unique with the adventure the hobbit and the dwarfs go to. I thought the fact how the author told the story and the structure of the plot reminded me of Homer.I also wanted to watch the movie, but I had to read the book so I would've understand the plot.
Why Did You Select This Novel To Read?
Bilbo Baggins went through both a physical and emotional journey. Bilbo went through a physical journey with the dwarfs and Gandalf the wizard to the Lonely Mountain. As for an emotional journey, Bilbo changes his perspective of adventure and life throughout each obstacle he goes through.
What Kind of Journey Does the Protagonist Take? (Physical, Emotional, Spiritual)
Is the Protagonist An Example of a Hero?
A hero is a person who goes out of their comfort zone and goes through challenges and faces things they fear, and once they achieve that fear they resolve that situation, which would change their perspective on themselves and their future. I think Bilbo Baggins is an example of a hero, even if he was frightened or regret because he soon overcomes it, which shows how it emotionally changes him.
Gollum - 'Riddles in the Dark' : Bilbo and Gollum create and answer each other riddles, and Bilbo is needed to answer correctly Gollum's riddles so Gollum can show Bilbo the escape route
Smaug the Dragon - 'Inside Information' : Bilbo is told by the dwarfs to go inside the Lonely Mountain to get information of Smaug
Trolls - 'Roast Mutton' : Bilbo is told by Fili and Kili to look to see the trolls and what they were doing
Goblins (Orcs) - 'Over Hill and Under Hill' : Bilbo and the dwarves were attacked by goblins in the cave
Wargs - 'Out of the Frying-Pan Into the Fire' : Bilbo and the dwarfs were attacked by wargs
Giant Spiders - 'Flies and Spiders' attacked the Thorin and Company in Mirkwood
Why Might the Author Have Chosen to Publish This Novel?
Tolkien may had wanted to write
The Hobbit
express his imagination and interest in fantasy with a spirited and gratful tone, as if he was thrilled to make a new slate based on his recent characters in
The Lord of the Rings
, and/or to create a prequel of
The Lord of the Rings
to Bilbo's story and how he gotten the ring, which is the biggest emphasis in the series. He may have just scribbled some sentences down and investigated on what kind of plot could fit all those pieces together and that formulated the book.
What Does the Novel Reveal About the Protagonist's Cuture?
"They [the hobbit] are (or were) a little people... There is little or no magic about them, except the ordinary everyday sort which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly... They are inclined to be fat in the stomach; they dress in bright colors (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)."
(Tolkien 12)
Hobbits (aka Halflings) are known to enjoy eating, farming, ginger ales, parties, smoke rings, and giving and getting presents. They are usually friendly and happy-go-lucky, and prefer a quiet, normal, peaceful life, which was why Bilbo wasn't determined to be part of the dwarfs adventure. Hobbits eats several meals a day and enjoy smoking pipe-weed out of long wooden pipes and blowing smoke rings. They in 'hobbit holes', homes under hills.
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit downon or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort." (Tolkien 11)
what did i learn about myself from reading the hobbit?
"Still it is probable that Bilbo, her only son, although he looked and behaved exactly like a second edition of his solid and comfortable father, got something that only waited for a chance to come out. The chance never arrived, until Bilbo Baggins was grown up..." (Tolkien 12)
"'Now it is the burglar's turn,' they [Fili and Kili] said, meaning Bilbo. ' You must go on and find all about that light...'
"Three very large persons sitting round a very large fire of beech-logs...Obviously trolls...
"'Never a blinking bit of manflesh have we had for a long enough,' said a second...
"Bert and Tom went off to the barrel. William was having another drink. Then Bilbo plucked up courage and out his little hand in William's enormous pocket...."
(Tolkien 'Roast Mutton')
"Coming to a rise he [Biblo] could see his own Hill in the distance, and he stopped suddenly and said: (a poem relating to the long roads of his adventure and how hard it is to return home after a hardship)
Gandalf looked at him. 'My dear Bilbo!' he said, 'Something is the matter with you! You are not the hobbit that you were.' (Tolkien 252-253)
I learned that trying new activities isn't so bad. You make new friends and understand what surrounds your daily actions. You have new perspectives in what you would do everyday. You get emotional attached to objects and other possessions in an emotional view. Overall, the best memories are never forgotton.
Favorite Quote
"“Good Morning!" said Bilbo, and he meant it. The sun was shining, and the grass was very green. But Gandalf looked at him from under long bushy eyebrows that stuck out further than the brim of his shady hat.

"All of them at once," said Bilbo. "And a very fine morning for a pipe of tobacco out of doors, into the bargain.
"Good morning!" he said at last. "We don't want any adventures here, thank you! You might try over The Hill or across The Water." By this he meant that the conversation was at an end.
"What a lot of things you do use Good morning for!" said Gandalf. "Now you mean that you want to get rid of me, and that it won't be good till I move off.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
"What do you mean?" he said. "Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?"
I chose this quote because it shows the humor and the characteristics of both characters and the tone that Tolkien used throughout the book
Indivisuals should read The Hobbit because Tolkien uses the greatest details on ever event and character, making it suspenseful, humorous, and lovable with its songs, riddles, and poems, and informs the reader that it isn't so bad to let go of your comfort zone.
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