Beowulf And The Hobbit Analysis

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The connections of heroism and parallels found in Beowulf and Tolkien’s the Hobbit are not new. For instance, the subject was written about in Roger Sales Modern Heroism and James Hodge’s essay “The Heroic Profile of Bilbo Baggins” (Glenn). J.R.R. Tolkien was a professor of English and loved the tale of Beowulf. Being as it may, its easily imaginable that some scenes, characters, and symbols made it into his book, the Hobbit. Others have also stated that Tolkien’s essay Of Monsters and Critics influenced Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf. True or not the two titles have many story aspects in common. Parallels from the characters, plot, and heroic hierarchy provide evidence to show how Beowulf influenced the Hobbit. The first, and most obvious, connection between the stories are the two dragons. Beowulf suggests that the dragon awoke to the awareness that a thief …show more content…
Where the young thane plunders in hopes of regaining his lord’s favor, Bilbo is the reluctant thief who plunders to prove his worth to the dwarves. The difference between the two scenes are the physical appearance of the cup. In Beowulf, the cup is gold-plated while in the Hobbit it is two-handled and heavy. The characters both enrage the dragon and bring about the final challenges of the stories (Steele). It can also be said that Bilbo symbolizes Beowulf himself. In the beginning of each tale, they each decide to help a group, the Dwarves and Danes, that they are not related to. After the challenge is defeated, they gain respect from those around them and prove their heroism. The challenges faced show the episodic quest and the victor, in this case Bilbo and Beowulf, is a hero of mythic proportions. At first Bilbo, does not resemble Beowulf, who has strength from the start, but as the story progresses he becomes more cunning, intelligent and

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