Hobbit Final Essay

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Throughout, J.J.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit, many themes come into place to give a better understanding of the novel. The underlying theme of the struggle between good vs. evil while Gandalf and the dwarves fight the evils during their journey through middle earth. The battle is manifested in the goblins, Trolls, and spiders where good always triumphs evil. Even though the journey is about stealing the gold back from the dragon there is still some moral clarity to this, the dragon stole the gold and torched the city. The dwarves want to make this right and get back what was rightfully theirs.
The first occurrence we have with the struggle of good vs. evil is the altercation with he trolls. During their journey they notice a faint light up ahead and send Bilbo to investigate it since he was considered the burglar. As Bilbo approaches he notices a group of trolls sitting around a fire. Bilbo tries to steal one of their money bags but in doing so alerts the attention of the trolls, and they capture Bilbo. As the trolls hold Bilbo hostage the dwarves start to come look for Bilbo who has not come back and the trolls hatch a plan to hide in the trees and capture each of the dwarves. In the process of the trolls figuring out what to do with their hostages, Gandalf appears and imitates one of the trolls and starts an argument between them, distracting them of the upcoming morning sun and therefore turning the trolls into stone. In this sequence good triumphed evil, the dwarves were doing nothing wrong just trying to find food, in doing so the evil trolls attacked them for nothing and were about to eat them.
In chapter four a massive storm hits and the dwarves and Bilbo find cover in a cave, which actually belong to a group of goblins. During the night Bilbo is awakened to see a large a crack in the wall, Bilbo yells and alerts the goblins who they tie up everyone except for Gandalf who manages to escape just in time. The goblins carry them down into a huge chamber in which the Great Goblin sits, he asked them why they were in his cave. They try to explain, until one of the goblins brings a sword they found on the dwarves, one they stole from the trolls, the Great Goblin notices they sword to be Orcrist, the goblin cleaver, this outrages the goblins. The Great Goblin lunges at the dwarves to eat them, when all of a sudden the lights go out and there is pure darkness in the cave, in the darkness a sword lashes and takes down the Great Goblin. In the darkness the dwarves and Bilbo are guided by a voice to safety, who happens to Gandalf. The dwarves and Bilbo run into trouble in all the time in the novel, they have done nothing to deserve the obstacles they are facing. Their actions are purely good natured, they are on a mission to make right in the world again. The evil is trying everything in their power to stop them....

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