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Angels and Daemons

Upon first reading about the daemons, I believed them to be something of evil repute. The name in itself seems to warrant a certain bit of anxiety in the reader when he/she sees little Lyra taking orders (or not) from this little daemon creature. Pantalaimon is his name; a little moth–at least temporarily–who flutters about […]

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Ding Dong the Master & Thorin Are Dead

Bard, Dain, Thorin and the Master of Lake Town are characters who represent leadership qualities of the best and worst kind. Tolkien contrasts Thorin and the Master of Lake Town with Bard and Dain to impress upon readers which qualities are most valuable in a leader and which are destructive. These four leaders are especially […]

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Bilbo and the Gingerbread House

J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic novel The Hobbit follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins as he grows and matures in a way very similar to “Hansel and Gretel” as discussed by Bruno Bettelheim. Bilbo and the children in “Hansel and Gretel” go through the same developmental stages, as they all start out as dependent on their homes […]

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watch?v=XC73PHdQX04 Though Hobbits are known to be “homebodies,” they clearly have their place in Middle Earth. Difficult though it may be for them to step out of their shell, or in this case, hole, once taken out of their comfort zone, they quickly adapt. Bilbo proves that he is not quite the naive shut-in that […]

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Give a Man a Sword and He’s Bound to Grow

Thrust into an adventure that he did not want to go on, Bilbo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” shows that when you are thrown into unfamiliar situations you always have room to grow.  Starting the book off Tolkien explains the way of hobbits. They do not like adventures, they like to eat a lot […]

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Father Gandalf

Throughout Bilbo and the dwarves’ adventures, Gandalf seems to appear and disappear sporadically, however his timing is of great significance. Gandalf plays the role of the wisest and most powerful leader of the group, yet, technically, he isn’t even part of the group and sometimes leaves it altogether. His presence is almost like that of […]

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The Worldly Wizard

Tolkien’s world of Middle Earth contains several troops of different creatures all with definite rankings of goodness and power.  The wizards, most notably Gandalf, are among the most powerful and those aiming for producing the most good.  Tolkien’s use of the character Gandalf in The Hobbit not only pushes the story of Bilbo Baggins and […]

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Dangerous Memories

Bilbo Baggins is a very interesting and complex character, whose mind changes many times throughout the story.  There are multiple instances where he reminisces about his life at home and wishes to be there.  His home is a place of safety and comfort to him, so when those aspects are taken away, he misses them […]

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“The Hobbit”: Out of this World

Fantasy literature takes place outside reality.  If it didn’t it would be called reality literature, not fantasy.  In The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien takes the reader to a Secondary World far beyond reality.  The story takes place in his creative haven, a place called Middle Earth.  His world is different from other fantasy worlds because, unlike […]

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Bravo, Bilbo Baggins!

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit starts off with Gandalf, an impressive wizard, telling Bilbo, who is from an area where there are “plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures”, that he wants and expects Bilbo to embark on a great adventure (4). By Bilbo refuting the idea of adventure yet inviting the Wizard over […]

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