Lecture 06 - Lecture 06 Disaster of Gladden Field o Isildur is riding and the Ring betrays him and falls into the water exposing Isildur Isildur is then

Lecture 06 - Lecture 06 Disaster of Gladden Field o Isildur...

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Lecture 06 Disaster of Gladden Field o Isildur is riding, and the Ring betrays him and falls into the water, exposing Isildur Isildur is then killed by arrows o This event ties together the Second and the Third Age Side Notes o We see a vast change between the dark tone of The Silmarillion and the relatively playful “Children's Story”-like tone in The Hobbit o Goblins and Orcs are pretty much the same thing (perhaps Goblins are the “lesser” Orcs?) o Tolkien uses “Dwarves” instead of “Dwarfs” because he thinks that's what it would have evolved into had Dwarves been closer to our history (like how Elf becomes Elves) o “Orc” comes from the old Scandinavian/Norse term for “Monster” o Note that Orcrist has nothing to do with the name for Christ “Crist”! It's not Or-Crist; it's Orc-Rist! Where “Rist” means “Slayer” Origin of The Hobbit as a Book o Tolkien composed this book in the 1930s At this time, he had been writing fantasies for a newspaper in the Oxford area Lots of Fantasy writers came from the Oxford area o The Hobbit was written initially for his sons (Christopher and Michael), inspired by their
favorite characters “snirds” (similar to Smurfs) o Starts with “In a hole in the ground, lived a Hobbit) Uses Anglo-Saxon poetry technique (alliteration-ish, with 4 beats) o Mixture of words “Hobgoblin” and “Rabbit” This is why hobbits live in holes (because rabbits do) o It's written as a children's story! Not the same tone as The Silmarillion!

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