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The Hobbit/Industrial Revolution
Transcript of The Hobbit/Industrial Revolution
Jake Niebler The Hobbit Industrialization and The Forest Bilbo And The Dwarfs Water In The Hobbit and The Industrial Revolution "During the Crusades (12th through 13th century), trade routes were opened to faraway lands and a merchant class developed. In the 17th century, overseas trade increased greatly as a result of voyages of exploration and colonization of the Americas."
(history.howstuffworks.com). As overseas trade developed during the Industrial Revolution as a result of exploration and water routes, trade between the Wood Elves and the Lake-men in The Hobbit also developed and prospered as a result of the water trading system that was developed, and the fact that both trading parties had explored the area, and knew it well. In Relation to
The Industrial Revolution Bilbo and the dwarfs relate to those that were trying to live through the Industrial Revolution in the sense that although the Industrial Revolution posed issues in the beginning for most, the end result was a better lifestyle, which was the end result for Bilbo and the dwarfs, as they regained their riches. In the Industrial Revolution, water played an extremely large role in development. People discovered that water could be used to power factories, as well as a form of transport for the materials that were being produced within the factories. In The Hobbit, Water plays an extremely large role for the Wood Elves, as they use a river as a form of transport for the goods that they produce, which is mainly wine. "Hiding behind one of the largest barrels, Bilbo discovered the trapdoors and their use... he learned how the wine and other goods came up the rivers, or over land, to the long lake." (Page 177). The river in The Hobbit, very similarly to the rivers during the Industrial Revolution, was used for transport. Trade Routes The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien The concept of industrialization is similar to the forest in the sense that the forest posed many struggles for those attempting to pass through, just as the industrialization of America posed issues for those that were trying to find jobs, as well as live during this period. The Industrial Revolution Labor System "It (the Industrial Revolution) turns labor into a disciplined and mainly indoor activity, with an increasing distinction between owners, employers and managers on one side and workers on the other." (www.historyworld.net). Smaug, the dragon in the The Hobbit, presents himself as one of the individuals on the wealthier side, which consists of the "owners, employers, and managers". The Lake-men, on the other hand, as well as the others that live under the constant threat of Smaug, are on the side of the workers in the Industrial Revolution system. The Hobbit/The Industrial Revolution Project Created By: