The Hobbit Allusion Essay

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‘In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort’ (pg 3). In J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit, there is a world just like ours. But what two worlds are exactly alike? No matter the similarity, each world is as unique as a snowflake. This world, born of Tolkien’s imagination, resides in Middle Earth; this is one whose people are Man, Dwarves, Dragons, Elves, and Hobbits alike. Throughout this tale, the readers follow one such hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who joins thirteen militant dwarves on their quest to reclaim their homeland and the dwarvish kingdom under …show more content…
An example of this is when Gandalf saves Thorin and company in the goblin caves. As written, ‘Suddenly, a sword flashed in its own light. Bilbo saw it go right through the Great Goblin as he stood dumbfounded in the middle of his rage’ (pg 61). This is also an example of a Deus ex Machina, as the wizard swoops in and saves the characters at the last minute. Second, is most of the times Thorin gets presented with his honorary title. He says, “‘Thorin, son of Thrain son of Thror, King Under the Mountain!’” (pg 181). Thorin says this in Lake-Town, upon his return to his homelands. My third example presents itself at the end of chapter twelve, as Smaug leaves the Mountain to wreak havoc on Lake-Town. Quotes Tolkien, ‘He rose in fire and went away south towards the Running River’ (pg 213). In the near end of chapter fourteen, when the news of the death of the dragon has spread, and he writes, ‘Very great indeed was the commotion among all things with wings that dwelt on the borders of the Desolation of the Dragon’ (pg 232). Lastly is when J R R Tolkien describes the scene before the Battle of the Five Armies, ‘Winter thunder on a wild rolled roaring up and rumbled in the Mountain, and lightning lit its peak’ (pg 255). Alliterations also contribute to the theme of imagery in Tolkien’s

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