How Does Jrr Tolkien Tell the Story in 'the Hobbit'?

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Tolkien is arguably one of the best storytellers of the twentieth century and his work is immortalised in many film and radio adaptations. The Hobbit, begun simply as a sentence on a blank exam paper, is a ‘juvenile novel’ as opposed to the epic of the Lord of the Rings trilogy but this in no way detracts from Tolkien’s genius telling of this story. Through his use of character, voice and place, Tolkien has singlehandedly brought the world of Middle Earth to life for every reader. The novel has only 54 characters mentioned, including during flashbacks, but only 15 of these (13 dwarves, a hobbit and a wizard) are followed throughout their journey. Thorin is the proud leader and warrior, whose own mental journey throughout the novel is very interesting. He begins the story described as “haughty” and is often said to be “too important” to do much of what the other dwarves do. Throughout the novel he becomes more and more obsessed by the thought of the gold and glory which will come at the end of his quest, creating a much more arrogant and egotistical character who becomes very unappealing to the reader. His only redemption is his remorse moments before his ultimate demise as he says “I wish to part in friendship from you and I would take back my words and deeds at the Gate”. This indicates that he knows of how mean and irresponsible he has been, possibly reflecting the fact many people say life ‘flashes before your eyes’ at death. His change is important to the story as it gives a possible reason for the death of the heirs of Durin (Thorin’s nephews Fili and Kili) because they would have succumbed to the same sickness of the mind that catalysed this change in Thorin (which, it is implied, also affected his father and grandfather, Thrain and Thror) and also because it shows a downfall of humanity: avarice. Throughout the story Bilbo acts as a character through

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