Sunday, February 13, 2011

Gifts

So talking about the insignificant being significant is a something that keeps coming up in class discussions, and I think the giving of gifts sort of goes along with this. Tolkien goes so in depth about who gives what to whom and why. This is something I've found a little confusing. It was mentioned a few weeks ago in class that giving gifts is a way to further describe a character, as is the case with Bilbo, but I still don't see the whole point of it. Anyone wanna explain?

1 comment:

Theodred said...

I would agree that the gifts in The Lord of the Rings are a very good example of the insignificant being significant. Although the gifts that Bilbo gives in the beginning may only serve to describe his character, other gifts found throughout the books serve to be much more significant. For instance, Gollum takes the Ring as his own birthday present, and this leads to its discovery by Bilbo, who later gives it to Frodo. Some of the gifts are practical, such as the boats granted by Celeborn to the Fellowship, and the cloaks given to the Fellowship by the Elves. One of the other important gifts found in the books is the phial given to Frodo by Galadriel, which becomes very important in the later books.