The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1981. Print. Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again.
J.R.R. Tolkien was able to successfully capture the essence of Anglo-Saxon literature throughout The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Though he wrote these books decades later, Tolkien used his knowledge and interest of Anglo-Saxon times to create this mythical, dark, and adventurous tale. Tolkien showed many themes of which were often seen in books written during the Anglo-Saxon time period (450 A.D. – 1066 A.D.) He drew much of his inspiration from the epic poem Beowulf, which is seen all throughout The Lord of The Rings. This book is known as the greatest prime example of literature from that time period.
Heroes usually have the record of being loyal and honorable, but because Bilbo is a burglar, he isn't quite as honorable as most would think. In The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien takes the reader on a unique fantasy epic without the traits of previous epics like Homer's Illiad. By using the different traits, the hobbit has set a new standard for modern epics, and will continue to inspire future authors to compose classic yet groundbreaking novels. Works Cited Harmon, William, and Holman, C. H. "Epic," Handbook to Literature.
Such as the elves, Beorn, the eagles, the wood elves, the men of Lake-town, and Gandalf who is the supernatural aid. There are multiple themes in The Hobbit. One of the themes is, even though evil seems stronger than the good, evil always provides the means of its own defeat. This theme applies to many characters in the story and the characters in the book triumph over evil, but I agree and disagree with the theme. One character this theme, even though evil seems stronger than the good,
The unconsciously help people which is quite heroic. In conclusion, the novel Lord of the Rings is chalked full of unlikely heroes that all contribute to the destruction of the one ring—except Sauron, obviously—and these heroes can be found all around Middle Earth. Be it the small Hobbits from the shire, or the fair Elves from the middle of Mirkwood forest. Unlikely or strange people play huge parts in the novel. Starting with The Hobbits from the shire, small weird creatures and then a group of friends that call themselves the fellowship of the ring; and ending with smaller unlikely characters such as Tom Bombadil and Barlima Buttbur.
Hobbits, of course, are fictional characters, as are dwarves, elves, goblins, and trolls. Many species of animals are able to vocally communicate with humans and dwarves in the novel, which is not possible on our planet. Beorn, a human who is able to morph into other creatures at an instant, is an excellent example of such fiction. The dragon, Smaug, is the main adversary of the fourteen adventurers and is a type of creature that has long been used in fantasy writing. Although most of the characters' species are merely creations of the author, they all exhibit a sense of realism that causes them to seem almost human.
Are you a fan of inspiring warriors, battle tactics, and weapons? Then, Vikings are your answer. Vikings were pagans but also rich in traditions. The Vikings’ reputation as daring masters of the sea mainly is derived from their obsession with ships. The Vikings were known as great warriors because of their offensive and defensive tactics.
The Letters of JRR Tolkien. Ed. Humphrey Carpenter. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1981. 330.