The Hobbit is a treasured and cherished children’s book, but the work is frequently ignored by adults who demote it to the nursery bookshelf and hand it down to younger siblings or store it away for the next generation. J.R.R. Tolkien was so successful at alluring to children through The Hobbit that it has a tendency to stay locked into the genre of children’s stories and sometimes even devoted Tolkien fans abandon it when they mature and so they move on to The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.
It is true that The Hobbit was written with an audience of children primarily in mind. The Hobbit was originally told as a bedtime story for J.R.R. Tolkien’s children. However, it should not be assumed that it is just a child’s book. In The Hobbit, Tolkien deals with a plethora of complex and prominent ideas. The book deals with the consequences of greed and the enticements to manipulate power. It even contemplates some difficult philosophical ideas, such as the relationship between fate and free will. Tolkien does a marvelous job of constructing his story to make it comprehensible to children, but that does nothing to make it a less fascinating and stimulating tale.
The Hobbit can be considered a children’s story through its characters, rhymes, and the innocent and playful tone of writing. Its characters resemble those of children’s stories, such as dragons, wizards and other mystical creatures. Smaug, is one of the characters in The Hobbit, he is the dragon who resides in the Lonely Mountain. Ages ago, Smaug heard of the treasure that the dwarves had hoarded in the mountain under Thror’s reign, and he drove them away to obtain the gold for himself. His flaming breath can burn down a city and his...
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...ting a plan, makes hasty and poor decisions, and generally relies on Bilbo to see him through his adventures, all the while treating Bilbo like an insignificant underling. Once Thorin gets his hands on Smaug’s treasure, he becomes irrationally greedy and obsessed with wealth, to the extent that he would rather wage a violent war than give the men from Lake Town their fair share of the treasure. Thorin is partially redeemed by his dying apology to Bilbo, but not even this act of remorse can fully redeem him. In general, the arrogant Thorin works as a foil for the unassuming Bilbo, setting off Bilbo’s best qualities and creating a leadership void that provides Bilbo the chance to seize the initiative and become a true hero.
The Hobbit is a brilliantly constructed tale with evolving themes that adult readers will still find captivatingly applicable to the modern world.
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