In The Hobbit, the Arkenstone (the most significant item) is unselfishly given up for peace – a positive gesture. In Smith, the star is given up by Smith so that others can enjoy it – a positive gesture. Both the Arkenstone and the star are items that symbolize concepts on the good (as in not evil) spectrum and are given up unselfishly. In LOTR, the ring is extremely difficult to give up (excluding Bombadil); its bearer wants to use its power selfishly and for evil purposes, an extreme contrast to Smith and the Hobbit. The pattern I am seeing here is that when the content is dark and is obviously intended for adults (such as LOTR), Tokien’s most significant object symbolizes evil and provokes selfishness. When the content is lighter and is intended for children (such as the Hobbit and Smith [Smith may be intended for children, since Tolkien gives children so much credit]) the most significant objects symbolizes good intentions and provoke unselfishness. Even though Tolkien throws in adult content into his children stories (like in the Hobbit), does the way he characterize these objects hint at his primary audience (children)? Simply put, do the significant objects Tolkien depicts suggest his intended audience for his works?