It is the base of his most well known stories, where dreams are just the norm. They soon gave. The Hobbit by J. Tolkien Don't judge a book by its cover. This famous phrase can very well be applied to the hobbit a small human like creature that goes along with 13 dwarves and a wizard. The wizard, Gandalf, has total faith in the little hobbit knowing full well that when the time comes he will serve the dwarves quite well. He does this with the help of a ring that makes him invisible. He saves the dwarves from evil spiders that wish to eat them.
Uses it to help them. Tolkien was born in South Africa, although he considered himself a British man throughout his adulthood. He experienced World War I firsthand in the trenches. He was a professor of Old English and other archaic languages and had a strong love for such languages.
Tolkien also felt a strong tie for his homeland, England, and desired to create mythology for England. Tolkien was able to write the first modern fantasy novel through his life experiences and his love for archaic languages and British.
It was a wonderful book called The Silmarillion by J. I really enjoyed it; it gives the background information on the creation of Middle Earth. I think Tolkien really wanted to write a Biblical allegory and a critique on ridiculous human nature really. Along the adventure, Bilbo starts becoming the brave adventurer he was meant to be.
The way character groups. R Tolkien. He began devising the language around the year and changed around a lot of the structure until it reached the final stage. The vocabulary was mostly not changed that much but the name has been changed quite a bit of times before it was called Quenya. It was changed from Elfin to Qenya to it finally being called Quenya by J. A lot of words in Quenya came from The Finnish language but also familiar with Latin, Greek and ancient Germanic languages.
Tolkien made. On the way they thought run into issues and obstacles. Wondering through tunnels in the Misty Mountains after being left behind, Bilbo find a strange Golden ring that when worn turns you invisible and pockets it. After that he meets back up with Gandalf and the 13 dwarves only to later be abandoned.
According to Dictionary. Often a leader is more than that. Leaders care about the group as a whole not just their individual part. They see the big picture and help everyone else to see it too. They are the one the group looks up to and depends on.
If the leader is lost almost always a new unlikely leader is bound to emerge. The Inklings were a group of scholars who met with C. Lewis in his Magdalen college apartments, and later in old local English taverns. They would talk, read excerpts, and drink with an air of romanticism.
Tolkien enjoyed these meetings, perhaps like Bilbo gathering with friends in the Shire of Middle-Earth. Tolkien studied mythology and languages, with a focus on Celtic and Germanic lore. Tolkien loved English legends, and wanted England to have more of its own mythological literature. He began creating his own languages also, and used characters like dwarves, valkyries, and elves from Teutonic folk-lore.
Dwarves were like vikings with their Norse beards, weapons, and armor. Elves were like elegant thin human-sized medieval English style faeries. Tolkien published the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings few books during his life-time, but he was not able to finish the Silmarillion which was his large bible of Middle-Earth mythology.
Humans had shorter lives than the other races, so they clearly were procreating faster, and elves were leaving into the West much as they did in Celtic myths and legends. They would play fantasy adventures based on stories. When JRR was about 7 years old, he began to compose his own story about a dragon. Here is an excerpt:. By providing linguistic and historic backgrounds, Tolkien gave us the essence of his characters. We can find out more about them, just as we look into non-fiction books for facts about our historical figures.
Tolkien thrived on the fact that language is the basis to all communication, and therefore knowledge. Fantasy novels after Tolkien, often imitate his settings and plots, without the depth. Yet his words also remind us of the power of Time; as with the riddle from the Hobbit:.
Clearly, the critic was wrong. To me this is a perfect example of how critics that go beyond factual summary, often show their own ignorance and childishness. Tolkien loved children, spent time with them, and made sure to be home at night to tuck in his own children. It was his love for children that drove him to write books for them, built upon college graduate level adult education and his child-like imagination which apparently he never lost.
The age orientation of his books seems to be progressive. The Hobbit is child-like, the Lord of the Rings is for teens, and the Silmarillion is for adults; but because Tolkien was a scholar, the books are really more advanced, always seeming to be one step ahead of the reader, transcending age at every turn. This entry was posted on October 15, at pm and is filed under Book Reports , Uncategorized with tags books , essays , fantasy , Literature , Middle Earth , reports , Tolkien , writing.
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You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new posts via email. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Perceptions of Good vs Evil ». Here is an excerpt: On Fairy-Stories … Probably every writer making a secondary world, a fantasy, every sub-creator, wishes in some measure to be a real maker; or hopes that he is drawing on reality: hopes that the peculiar qualities of this secondary world if not all the details are derived from reality, or are flowing into it.
Yet his words also remind us of the power of Time; as with the riddle from the Hobbit: This thing all things devours; Birds, beasts, trees, flowers; Gnaws iron, bites steel; Grinds hard stones to meal; Slays kinds, ruins town, And beats high mountain down.
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