Essay On Characterization And Geomyth Of Tolkien ' The Hobbit '

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Characterization and Geomyth of Gandalf in The Hobbit
Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit protagonist, lives in a community called, Hobbiton in J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel. Before the interruption from a wizard named Gandalf, he led a very dull, quiet life. Baggin’s and Gandalf are faced with a challenging effort as they must retrieve the missing treasure. Not only do they have to retrieve it, but the treasure is protected by a fire-breathing dragon, Samug. Along this journey they meet many different kinds of creatures like: trolls, hobbit like creatures, dragons, dwarves, elves, and last but not least, a Wizard named Gandalf. This paper will center on Gandalf: his outstanding characteristics, powers and abilities, and how Gandalf relates to the phenomena to geomythology.
So you may be wondering, what is Geomythology? According to the article Geomythology by Adrienne Mayor, Geomythology is a term first created in 1968 by the geologist Dorothy Vitaliano “It is best defined as the study of etiological traditions of pre-scientific cultures to explain […] geological phenomena such as volcanos, earthquakes, floods, fossils, and other natural landscape features” (Mayor 1). The concept behind was originated by, Euhemerus, a Greek philosopher, around 300 BC. It explained, “That myths about divinities and their activities were poetic account of real people and events” (1). There are two types of geomyths, folk explanations of geological features and catastrophic geological events. Some…

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