Sunday, March 6, 2011

Things are not always what they seem

This is from another freewrite on Thursday.

The idea of things not being what they appear to be at first glance can be seen in multiple instances in The Lord of the Rings, and some examples can even be found in The Hobbit. I should probably state that this claim is referring to objects and events in the books, not to characters, although it may also apply to some characters. One of the main examples of objects that are not what they seem is the One Ring. When Bilbo first finds it in The Hobbit, he does not know what he has found. The Ring is a plain, unadorned gold band, although it actually holds a tremendous amount of power. In The Return of the King, Aragorn's ships which have come to aid in the defense of the forces of Gondor are at first mistaken for reinforcements for the forces of Evil. However, when the forces of Good notice the standards displayed upon the ships, they rejoice and regain hope.

1 comment:

Elendil said...

I noticed this too! There are a lot of "loljk" moments in the books as a whole. The corsairs ships that everyone THINKS are gonna be full of mercenaries turn out to be full of Aragorn & co. The man we THOUGHT was Saruman ended up being a reincarnated Gandalf. It makes fore a more interesting read, I think, and keeps the readers guessing XD