Hobbit Essay

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is set in a fantasy world that has
differences, as well as similarities, to our own world. The
author has created the novel\'s world, Middle Earth, not only by
using imagination, but by also adding details from the modern
world. Realistic elements in the book enable readers to relate to
the setting, yet have the ability to "imagine" exciting events and
organisms not found on Earth.

The majority of differences between Middle Earth and today\'s world
are found in objects and the actions of characters that can not be
carried out or created in our world. The most abundant example of
this in The Hobbit is the presence of magic. Gandalf, the wizard,
is able to help the adventurers out of a number of dangerous
situations by using his magical powers to harm their enemies. He
set Wargs afire while he was trapped in a tree and created a bolt
of lightening to kill many of the Goblins who had surrounded the
group in a cave. The magical ring, which was a key to helping the
group succeed in the book, allowed he who was wearing it to become
invisible to others. Also, there was a black stream in Mirkwood
that made he who drank out of it suddenly very drowsy and
forgetful of previous events. All of these examples of happenings
and objects found in Middle Earth are physically impossible in a
world such as ours.

Several of the organisms in the book are not known to exist on
Earth. Hobbits, of course, are fictional characters, as are
dwarves, elves, goblins, and trolls. Many species of animals are
able to vocally communicate with humans and dwarves in the novel,
which is not possible on our planet. Beorn, a human who is able
to morph into other creatures at an instant, is an excellent
example of such fiction. The dragon, Smaug, is the main adversary
of the fourteen adventurers and is a type of creature that has
long been used in fantasy writing. Although most of the
characters\' species are merely creations of the author, they all
exhibit a sense of realism that causes them to seem almost human.

There is a vast difference between Middle Earth and the modern
world, but there are also several similarities. In Middle Earth,
there live humans, and hobbits, which are very much similar to
miniature people. The language spoken and food consumed in the
novel\'s world are found in modern society. Also, the fact that
Thorin Oakenshield is heir of the throne of the King under the
Mountain and inherits all of the riches of the kingdom is like the
parliamentary system of England. The environment and terrain the
group passes through on their adventure is primarily the same as
lands unchanged by humans and surrounded by nature appear today.
In the novel, there are forests with miles of trees, high, rocky
mountains, and flowing rivers just as there are here on Earth.

It is not possible that a fantasy story such as The Hobbit could
occur in real life. However, I do believe that fantasy can
effectively teach us about reality. There are morals, lessons,
and themes to be found within the text that can help us gain
knowledge and live our lives more productively.

Bilbo Baggins took a stand and raised enough courage to do
something he had never thought of doing before, going on a great
adventure. This choice caused Bilbo to gain endurance, bravery,
an appreciation of his life, and many valuable experiences that
made him a wiser person. Thorin\'s selfish act of not wanting to
share the dragon\'s riches with the other towns\' citizens caused
only bad events to occur. This teaches us that kindness and
giving to others will not only benefit them, but will also cause
you to feel more content inside. When the group of fourteen was
staying with Beorn to rest, he gave them suggestions and
information about the journey that lie ahead of them. He
informed them about a black stream out of which they should never
drink, no matter how thirsty they may be, for it would put them to
sleep for days. If they had not listened to his words, their
adventure would have ended, as they all would have consumed the
water and probably been captured by enemies. Their experiences
teach us that it is wise to listen to those with more knowledge
than us, as it is likely that they have been in our position
before and have experience. If we shun them and take their words
as mere bragging, then we are missing an opportunity to learn and
will probably make a mistake that we