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Title: The Hobbit


1
The Hobbit
  • Themes, Characters, Motifs

2
The HobbitPlot Summary
  • The Un-Expected Party
  • Trolls
  • Rivendell
  • Misty Mountains
  • Riddles in the Dark
  • Beorn
  • Mirkwood, spiders and elves
  • Laketown
  • The Lonely Mountain
  • The Battle of the Five Armies

3
The Hobbit Motif/caves or underground
  • The Un-Expected Party
  • Trolls
  • Rivendell
  • Misty Mountains
  • Riddles in the Dark
  • Beorn
  • Mirkwood, spiders and elves
  • Laketown
  • The Lonely Mountain
  • The Battle of the Five Armies

4
The HobbitMotif/Disembodied Voice Trick
  • The Un-Expected Party
  • Trolls
  • Rivendell
  • Misty Mountains
  • Riddles in the Dark
  • Beorn
  • Mirkwood, spiders and elves
  • Laketown
  • The Lonely Mountain
  • The Battle of the Five Armies

5
The Hobbit Motif/Fire
  • The Un-Expected Party
  • Trolls
  • Rivendell
  • Misty Mountains
  • Riddles in the Dark
  • Beorn
  • Mirkwood, spiders and elves
  • Laketown
  • The Lonely Mountain
  • The Battle of the Five Armies

6
The Hobbit Motif/In one door and out another
  • The Un-Expected Party
  • Trolls
  • Rivendell
  • Misty Mountains
  • Riddles in the Dark
  • Beorn
  • Mirkwood, spiders and elves
  • Laketown
  • The Lonely Mountain
  • The Battle of the Five Armies

7
The HobbitCharacters
  • Major Characters
  • Bilbo
  • Gandalf
  • Thorin
  • Minor Characters
  • other dwarves
  • Elrond
  • Gollum
  • Beorn
  • Bard of Dale

8
The HobbitConflicts
  • Physical Psychological
  • Bilbo/Spiders Bilbo/self
  • Gandalf/goblins and wargs Thorin/self
  • Thorin and dwarves in battle
  • Beorn/Bolg
  • Bard/Smaug
  • Mental
  • Gandalf/ trolls
  • Bilbo/Gollum
  • Bilbo/elves
  • Bilbo/Smaug

9
The HobbitBilbo Baggins
  • Wits Gollum, Smaug riddles, tricks spiders,
    understands riddle of keyhole in mountain
  • Luck number 14, finds Ring/Arkenstone
  • Sharp eyes sees Beorn, eagles
  • Pity on Gollum
  • Kindhearted returns keys to guard, pays back
    Elves
  • Generous gives Arkenstone to Bard
  • Loyal, wont leave dwarves

10
The HobbitBilbo
  • Baggins side
  • Desires comfort
  • Food, drink
  • Pipe
  • Fireside
  • handkerchief
  • Gentle
  • Not acquisitive, gives away mathoms
  • Took side
  • Adventurous
  • Courageous
  • Heroic
  • Fights spiders
  • Rescues dwarves
  • Faces Smaug alone

11
The HobbitOther Characters
  • Dwarves
  • Thorin greedy, stern, proud, pompous, wants
    revenge on Smaug
  • Balin is Bilbos friend, Fili and Kili are
    youngest, fat Bombur is like Disney dwarf
  • Gandalf, wise, has control of fire (like Smaug)
  • Eagles
  • Beorn, in harmony with nature, animals
  • Bard, heroic, vs. Master of Laketown,
    money-oriented
  • Smaug, like dwarves, greedy, revengeful

12
The HobbitThieves
  • Bilbo, the Burglar
  • Tries to take purse from Trolls
  • Ring
  • Food from Elves
  • Keys from guard
  • Barrels
  • Cup
  • Arkenstone
  • Other thieves
  • Trolls (stuff in cave)
  • Gollum (Ring)
  • Smaug (pile of gold, Arkenstone, mithril)
  • Thorin wont share with Bard, others

13
The HobbitMonsters
  • Trolls
  • Goblins
  • Gollum
  • Wargs
  • Elves
  • Smaug
  • Stone Giants?

14
The HobbitSettings
  • The Shire
  • The Wild
  • Rivendell
  • The Misty Mountains
  • Mirkwood
  • Elves great cave
  • Laketown
  • The Lonely Mountain

15
The HobbitThemes
  • Hospitality
  • The Shire
  • Rivendell
  • Beorn
  • the Elves
  • Laketown
  • Luck
  • Pity
  • Greed
  • Fairness

16
The HobbitTraditional Quest Elements
  • Home, There and Back Again
  • One year plus one day
  • Underground or cave-like places
  • Under the Misty Mountains
  • Under the overhanging branches in Mirkwood
  • In the dungeons of the Elves
  • Inside the Lonely Mountain with Smaug
  • Battle with Dragon
  • Heroic actions fighting dragon, spiders

17
The HobbitParallels
  • Trolls and Spiders (disembodied voice trick)
  • Fire promises comfort but it tricks Trolls,
    Elves, Smaug is greatest fire
  • Cave of Goblins, Gandalf rescues dwarves Dungeon
    of Elves, Bilbo rescues dwarves
  • Often in front door, out back door Misty
    Mountains, Elves. Opposite in side door, out
    front door Smaug. Out front door of Bag End,
    back in the same way. Road Song.
  • Battle of wits with Gollum and Smaug
  • Caves all remind us of Bilbos home

18
The HobbitSource material
  • Beowolf
  • Much of description of Smaug in Beowolf
  • Beorn and Bard derivative
  • Name of Beorn a linguistic joke name comes from
    bjorn (bear in Scandinavian), warrior or man in
    Old English
  • In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit
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