Monday, January 31, 2011
Tolkien compares and contrasts Bilbo's original journey with the quest Frodo begins. Frodo begins his journey by taking the same route from home that Bilbo travelled and heading toward Rivendell. This is Frodo's "maiden voyage" just as Bilbo's adventure was his first expedition out of the Shire. However, the tone of Frodo's travels is more sinister than Bilbo's somewhat comical start out from Bag End. Frodo sets out to destroy, Bilbo worked to regain and conquer. Bilbo flees his hobbit hole because of a stubborn wizard, whereas Frodo gets out from under his hill just in time to avoid one of Sauron's most feared servants. The overall theme of the first installment of the Lord of the Rings is much darker and more mature than The Hobbit's fanciful and fun adventures.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
So, write a riddle at least four lines long about an object common in the world today, but do not give us the answer. Please try to write and post your riddle here as soon as possible. Then, see if you can solve the riddles written by the other class members. Good luck!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Whenever I go home, a part of me is saddened by the fact that it will never be the same again, partly because I will never be the same either. And when I venture out into the world, like Bilbo, I have an amazing time, but I always have that burning desire to be in my home, where everything is familiar and easy.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Something that I wrote on my supernatural list that was not discussed in class was music. In The Hobbit, music had the power to awake the Tookish side in Bilbo: “As they sang the hobbit felt the love of beautiful things…a fierce and a jealous love, the desire of the hearts of the dwarves. Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains…” Music is present throughout The Hobbit, constantly lifting spirits. This may be a result of the drastic changes in music in the 1920s, which saw the invention of the radio and the rising popularity of jazz. Although this may not apply to this time period, the Music of the Ainur in the Similarion was also supernatural (power to evolve creatures among other powers).
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I also found the actions of the dwarves and Bilbo interesting after they experienced the magic of the river; instead of logically avoiding all further run-ins with magic after the fiasco crossing the water, the company pursues the magical lights in the forest. This leads me to believe that the true enchantment of the river lies in the dreams the water causes its victims. The river is a starting point for the forest's true magic, and it is Mirkwood's way of luring victims ever deeper into the depths of its wood.