Magic and the Supernatural in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

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Magic and the Supernatural in The Hobbit The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, is full of magic and things having to do with magic. There are all sorts of supernatural creatures in this novel, including dwarves, trolls, goblins, elves, wizards, and the main character is a “hobbit”. Overall, magic and the supernatural plays a very big part in The Hobbit. One major magic entity in the book is Gandalf. He shows his magic power a few times. One of those times was when the little party was in the Misty Mountains, sleeping in the cave. The goblins came in and captured all the dwarves and their ponies, but as they reached Gandalf, he jumped up, killed some goblins with magical lightning, and disappeared. He then snuck into the goblins caverns and saved the dwarves and Bilbo. Another time he showed his magic prowess was when he and the dwarves were in the trees surrounded by the wargs. He lit pine cones with a supernatural fire and chucked them at the demented wolves, causing mass confusion and chaos in the wargs’ company. Without the help of Gandalf and his magic, Bilbo and the dwarves would never have gotten to even Rivendell, let alone the Lonely Mountain of Smaug the dragon. The other item of the supernatural is the ring that Bilbo finds in Gollum’s cave. Gollum has been completely taken over by this powerful piece of jewelry, and is livid when he loses it. Bilbo happens to stumble upon the ring, only then to run into Gollum, who challenges Bilbo to a game of riddles, with the hobbit’s life at stake. Bilbo wins, and Gollum figures out that he has the ring. As Bilbo puts the ring on and Gollum runs right past him. Bilbo realizes that the ring makes him invisible, and his whole life as the dwarves’ burglar changes. He uses the ring to help the dwarves escape the spiders and the wood elves. It also helps him when he goes into the den of Smaug. Without the power of the ring to aid him, Bilbo and the dwarves would have been killed fairly early in the story. Fantasy creatures played a huge part in The Hobbit. The fact that all the main characters are supernatural beings of some sort shows the importance of fantasy in this novel. Hobbits came straight from the mind of J.R.R. Tolkien. Dwarves, wizards, trolls ,goblins, elves and dragons
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