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°The Hobbit Ideas for Reports and Papers°printPrint°°documentPDF°listCite°°linkLink°1. Consult a good dictionary for definitions ofheroand heroismAccording to these definitions, to what extent is Bilbo a hero? Include in your response references to specific actions in the book.°2. Both Gandalf and Bard share with Bilbo the role of "hero," but in different ways. Why are they heroes? How is their heroism different from Bilbo's?°3. The dwarves share many traits. Some dwarves, however, have distinctive traits. Select four dwarves that stand out in some way and analyze both common and distinctive traits.°4. Bilbo is presented as a hobbit, and the reader never forgets this for long; but in many ways Bilbo's character reflects traits shared with humans. Analyze this blend of hobbit and human natures, including in your analysis examples for each trait you identify.
°5. In his essay "On Fairy-stories" Tolkien says, "We find it difficult to conceive of evil and beauty together . . . . In Faerie one can indeed conceive of an ogre who possesses a castle hideout as a nightmare, but one cannot conceive of a house built with a good purpose that is yet sickeningly ugly." How does The Hobbitexemplify Tolkien's theory that in fairy stories evil is ugly and good is beautiful?°6. In "On Fairy-stories" Tolkien explained fantasy as the art of subcreation, the art of creating a Secondary World that has the inner consistency of reality necessary to produce Secondary Belief. It is the consistency of principles governing the "unreal" world which evokes "secondary belief" in the reader. How does the consistency of Tolkien's world in The Hobbitcontribute to the reader's secondary belief?°The Hobbit Topics for Further Study°printPrint°°documentPDF°listCite°°linkLink°Tolkien composed songs and verses for the creatures of Middle-earth tosing. Choose an event from the novel, such as the Battle of Five Armies or Bilbo's fight with the spiders, and write a verse based on the event. Add music, prerecorded or original.°Do some research into Norse or Greek mythology. What elements do the various myths share with the Middle-earth of The Hobbit?°Explain what happens between Bard and the Master of Esgaroth after Smaug's death. Are there examples in contemporary world politics that reflect the dynamics of this situation?°Using computer graphics, painting, sculpture, or another type of artistic media, create a character or scene from The Hobbit.°The Hobbit Related Titles / Adaptations°printPrint°°documentPDF°listCite°°linkLink
°Tolkien followed The Hobbitwith a three-volume sequel, The Lord of the Rings.This trilogy is far more serious in tone and more complex in plot, drawing heavily on Tolkien's mythological inventions later published as The Silmarillion.In the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring,Bilbo leaves The Shire for Rivendell and passes the ring to his nephew Frodo. What was in TheHobbit