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Major Motif's and Symbols in the Hobbit

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Kyle H

on 19 November 2013

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Transcript of Major Motif's and Symbols in the Hobbit

Major Motifs and Symbols in the Hobbit
Motif: a reoccurring structure, contrast or literary device that helps to shape the text's theme.
by Katherine, Kyle, and Lily
Bilbo's Hobbit Hole
In the Hobbit, Bilbo's character liked good yet simple things (for example: his hobbit hole). Bilbo's hobbit hole was a symbol of comfort, familiarity, and warmth. It encouraged him when he completed dangerous tasks. The strength of his home balances out the richer and colder homes seen later in the book.
The Invisibility Ring
The Ring was a symbol of power and hope. Bilbo gained respect, intelligence, self-esteem, and skills from this item. This symbol helped Bilbo many times during tough situations (used for benign purposes). It once belonged to Gollum who would use it to capture wandering goblins.
The Lonely Mountain
The Arkenstone:
The Sting:
The Lonely Mountain was an important symbol and the abyss of the story. It represents the final destination of the company, the goal of the journey, and the resting place of Smaug. This location symbolizes the greatest fears, hardships, and fortunes found in The Hobbit.
The Treasure Hoard:
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Symbol: something that represents a certain object, theme, belief, material, idea, or image.
When problems arise, The Thorin Company keeps thinking about the treasure waiting for them. The mountains of gold and jewels awaiting their arrival always seemed to push them through.
Bilbo's mind always drifts to his warm and cozy hobbit-hole, where there's nothing to worry about but the bread burning. At first, the thought of his home brought his mood down. However, when he reached the forest, this desire became more of a motivation to hurry and to finish the adventure. It doesn't really represent Bilbo's feelings, but they always seem a bit more determined when Tolkien mentions the hobbit-hole.
Imaginary creatures are always present in this novel. True, you could argue that just because there's no evidence, doesn't mean they're not real, but for the sake of simplicity, we're going to say they're imaginary. These creatures can be both good and bad, like hobbits or goblins. There also seems to be a lot of really old feuds between races.
The Arkenstone represents greed. An example of this would be when Bilbo and the dwarves were under siege by Bard and the Mirkwood elves. Thorin said that the Arkenstone was worth more than a river of gold to him and is beyond price. He also said that if anyone keeps the Arkenstone for themselves, he would be avenged on them.
Sting represents Bilbo's bravery and initiative. There were many examples that represented this. One of them was when Bilbo and the dwarves were trapped inside the forest by the giant spiders of Mirkwood. Bilbo uses the Sting and his ring to overcome his fears of spiders and saves the dwarves.
The treasure hoard found in the Lonely Mountain represents greed and materialism. An example of this was when Smaug was slain and, the elves and Bard went to collect their share of the treasure.

A major motif in The Hobbit was when Bilbo saved the dwarves. A few examples of this are when Bilbo and the dwarves had been captured by the spiders. Another example is when Thorin and the dwarves had been taken captive by the Mirkwood elves.

When the company was low on food stock, on the brink of collapse, or finally finished a stressful battle, someone would always show up to help them. Some examples of these people are Elrond (Lord of Rivendell), Beorn (skin-changer), and the Lake-men. These people nursed them back to health and sent them off with full stock and jolly moods.

Here are a few examples
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