Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, follows the adventures of a conservative hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, 13 hungry dwarves and a persistent wizard. The characters travel through wild forests and mountains containing goblins, a dragon and other creatures. Bilbo is faces with situations that force him to find strength within himself. Before he was pulled out of the comfort of his own home, he was an introvert who did not take risks and now he finds himself on a quest to discover stolen treasure after his destiny was predicted. He may not know it now, but prophecies do not predict the future, they only set the events in place.

My experience of reading this book was amazing. While reading, I could not pull myself away and only found myself wanting more. I connected with Bilbo and how he felt about the world. The type of reader who would like The Hobbit is someone who enjoys adventure. Tolkien does an incredible job portraying Bilbo's adventures.

Bilbo was chosen to be the burglar in an adventure. Although he was against the idea, he was upset when he realized he had made a mistake when choosing not to go. When Bilbo decided he was participating, he found that he actually liked a good adventure. After experiencing it, his heart was ready for more. “While there’s life there’s hope!” (246).

Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit destined to be a thief meets a wizard named Gandalf who begins his journey. He is then introduced to Thorin, the leader of 13 dwarves who recover treasure. With the help of his crew Bilbo attempts to recover stolen treasure and the dwarves’ home from a dragon by the name of Smaug. He is dragged across Middle Earth and realizes how capable he really is.

Creative Response:
In The Hobbit, Tolkien includes multiple major themes. The theme that stood out to me the most is wisdom and knowledge. Although Bilbo needed both fate and magic to become a victorious hero, wisdom and knowledge were also necessary. The ring tends to make its bearer unwise and foolish, and Bilbo overcomes those obstacles by using his intelligence. Many times in my own life, I use my knowledge to guide me to the right path.

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