The Hobbit

The Hobbit: Essay Q&A

1. When, how, and why does the narrative tone of The Hobbit change? The tone of the book shifts after the death of Smaug. Before the dragons death, the novel is a fairly light-hearted fantasy adventure; after Smaug is slain, the story takes a serious and dark turn as greed and pride ruin relationships among …

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The Hobbit: Theme Analysis

“More Than Meets the Eye” Tolkien never precisely invokes this old cliche, but it aptly summarizes his characters experience of Bilbo Baggins, and Bilbos experience of himself. Bilbo is an unlikely hero, but from the outset of the adventure Gandalf knows that the little hobbit has it within him to be more than even he …

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The Hobbit: Metaphor Analysis

The Shire The Shire, the pastoral and idyllic homeland of the hobbits, is on one level simply Tolkiens idealized portrait of rustic, rural England. On a deeper level, however, it symbolizes the withdrawn life, the insulated life, the too-self-directed life. Bilbo must leave the Shire, not really to go questing after dragons gold, but in …

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The Hobbit: Character Profiles

Bilbo Baggins: The protagonist, a small, furry-footed member from a respectable family of hobbits who, despite his best intentions of leading a quiet and peaceful life, gets swept up into an adventure. Thanks to another branch of his family heritage, however, as well as some luck (or is it providence?), quick thinking, and innate bravery, Bilbo …

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