There and back again an analysis of the hobbit

Share via Email Last year was the 75th anniversary of the widely acclaimed book The Hobbit, one of the bestselling classics of the 20th Century. It was also the release of the book-based film. It was an exciting year for readers and even more so for the Librarians and bookshop owners.

There and back again an analysis of the hobbit

If a book is bad, how easily can we dwell on its flaws! But if the book is good, how do you give any recommendation that is equal the book? Unless you are an author of equal worth to the one whose work you review, what powers of prose and observation are you likely to have to fitly adorn the work?

There, see how simple that w Some books are almost impossible to review. There, see how simple that was? If you haven't read it, you should, because it is quite enjoyable. At some level, there is little more to say.

Enjoy the story as the simple entertainment it was meant to be. Read it to your children and luxuriate in the excitement and joy that shines from their faces.

There and back again an analysis of the hobbit

But if it was only simple entertainment, I do not think that it would be anything more than just a good book. Instead, this simple children's story resonates and fascinates. It teases and hints at something larger and grander, and it instructs and lectures as from one of the most subtle intellects without ever feeling like it is instructing, lecturing or being condescending.

At its heart, the complaint I opened the review with is just a variation on one of the many nuanced observations Tolkien makes in 'The Hobbit' when he complains that a story of a good time is always too quickly told, but a story of evil times often requires a great many words to cover the events thereof.

How often has that idea fascinated me. Consider also how the story opens, with Bilbo's breezy unreflective manners which are polite in form but not in spirit, and Gandalf's continual meditation on the meaning of 'Good morning.

How often do we find ourselves, like Bilbo, saying something we don't really mean and using words to mean something very unlike their plain meaning!

How often do we find ourselves saying, "I don't mean to be rude, but Instead we mean, "I'm going to be rude but I don't want you to think I'm someone who is normally rude Tolkien is able to gently skewer us for our all too human failings, and he does so without adopting any of the cynicism or self-loathing so common with those that seek out to skewer humanity for its so evident failings.

We fantasize about heroes which are strong and comely of form, and we have for as long as we've had recorded literature. Our comic books are filled with those neo-pagan mythic heroes whose exaggerated human virtues always amount to, whatever else may be true of them, 'beats people up good'.

These modern Ajaxs, Helens and Achilles dominate the box office, and I would imagine dominate our internal most private fantasy lives as well. Oh sure, the superhero of our fantasy might have superhuman ethics to go along with his superhuman ability to kick butt, attract the opposite sex, and enforce their will upon others, but it is always attached to and ultimately secondary to our fantasy of power and virility.

How different is Tolkien's protagonist from Heracles, Lancelot, Beowulf, or Batman - short, small, mundane, and weak. Of all the principal characters of the story, he possesses probably the least of that quintessential heroic attribute - martial prowess.

And yet, he is not actually merely an 'average Joe'. Bilbo is just as much an exaggerated idealized hero as Heracles, it's just that those attributes in which Bilbo is almost transcendently inhuman isn't the sort of attributes we normally fantasize about having ourselves.

Power and wealth have little attraction for him. He takes less than his share, and that that he takes he gives away.

The hobbit; : or, There and back again, by J. R. R. Tolkien. Illustrated by the author

He is a peacemaker. Though wrongly imprisoned, he bears no grudge and desires no vengeance for the wrongs done to him. Rather he apologizes for stealing food, and offers to repay in recompense far more than he took.

Though mistreated, he harbors no enmity. He never puts himself forward, but he never shirks when others do.

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How often do we fantasize about being this different sort of hero, and yet how much better we would be if we did? How much better off would we be if we, like Thorin could declare in our hearts, "There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West.

Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. What profit would we really have if we had in great measure the power to 'beat people up good'?

What real use could we put it too? How much better off would we be individually and as a people if we most desired to be graced with Bilbo's virtues, rather than Achilles speed, strength, and skill with arms?

How much less mature does this mere children's book of a well lit-world cause our darker fantasies to seem? Now, I admit I am biased in my review.Apr 24,  · The final instalment in The Hobbit trilogy is changing its name, with The Hobbit: There and Back Again becoming The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The name change has been rumoured for the.


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