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For this reason I look for myself to find the answers I seek. For if truth is to be found in the world, it should never be delivered on the silver platter of others work, but rather by the fruits of ones own labor. So, as to properly examine the notion of evil within the world, I look to a piece of literature often seen in the light of innocence: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Within this piece we see the pure untainted character of Bilbo thrust into a world of adventure, danger, greed, ... ... middle of paper ... ... previous two philosophies to classify The Hobbit then lead me to one final conclusion: the conclusion that Bilbo’s state of innocence, or Tabula Rasa, was not a state of good at all, but rather simply a state of the absence of evil.
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Heroism, Magic and Retribution in Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit A fantasy is an imaginary world where all things imaginable can be brought to life. J.R.R Tolkien portrayed fantasy through his use of skilled craftsmanship and a vivid imagination, which was presented in each piece of literature he wrote. In Tolkien's two stories The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings we see the theme of fantasy brought to life through three essential elements, heroism, magic and retribution. Heroism is shown through the character's courage and bravery in situations where conflict arises and this enables them to be seen in a new light. Magic is a form of extraordinary power seemingly through a supernatural force; it is used in a combination of combat and mystical items to aid the companions on their journey.
There is plenty of evidence to defend Tolkien from these claims such as: the themes of his novels, like The Lord of the Rings; the clear messages in his personal writings and his upbringing; and the characters from his novels. The themes that are evident in works such as The Lord of the Rings are clearly not racist. The triumph of “the little man” is one of the major themes of The Lord of the Rings. “Nothing could be more contrary to the assumptions of racism than a hobbit as a hero.” (Anderson 872). At the beginning of Tolkien's epic, the hobbits are looked down upon by the other races of Middle-Earth.
Web. 22 Nov 2010. Wood, Ralph C. The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom In Middle-Earth. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2003.