Monday, February 7, 2011

Can't judge a book by its cover

Even though I am new to this author, nothing in this book is what it seems. Everything seems to have a underlying background beneath the surface. Some examples of this is Aragorn, Gandolf, Bilbo, and the ring itself. The only part that is clear cut evil is Mordor.

1 comment:

Luthien said...

I really like this theme that Tolkien uses - that nothing is as it seems. Other examples are Sam (and, come to think of it, Merry and Pippin), whose bravery and fierceness is hidden basically only by their outward appearance and humble upbringing. Again, like you put it, Finwe, nothing is as it seems - there's always a deeper level to every person, action, and even object, whether it's a good or bad thing, or both, like in the case of several characters. Outward appearance or a seeming disability basically has NO significance.

I think this theme also closely corresponds to the significance of the seemingly insignificant.