The Hobbit And Unexpected Journey Essay

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The film landscape that I have chosen to analyze for this research assignment is Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I decided to choose this film landscape to analyze the relationship between place and identity, mainly because the characters have such a strong connection to where they are from. Because of the strong connection it makes it somewhat easier to identify the specific elements and explain them thoroughly. I have made a decision to focus in on a few specific examples of characters, people, and their relation to specific environments. To be more specific I have chosen the Dwarves, the Elves, The Hobbits, and finally the Wizards.
The first example I have chosen is the Dwarves and their connection to where they are from in the Misty Mountains. In spite of the fact that, most of the connections between people and place in the hobbit are quite strong. I feel as if this connection is one of the strongest, if not the strongest throughout the film. I feel this way because the Dwarves unlike many of the other people and species have to move from where their home is located. (Maurice, A. 2008) It is perhaps the most easily recognizable because we see them out of their natural place. By showing the characters out of place or their natural environment it is easier to see that they fit so well where they belong. Because of this, and thinking to real life examples of refugees moving to other countries, we could perhaps see the issues that come along with this. (Kibreab, G. 1999) The Dwarves have to find work among men as labourers, as well as the Dwarves are now also known for no longer having a home. However, despite the Dwarves being displaced from their home this gives us a better angle to see their connection to the mountains. Their skills, behaviours, feelings, and ideas are all relevant to where they are from.
The Dwarves are so hard wired to live in the mountains it even affects the way they move and walk. The Dwarves have a heavy step they centre themselves on their core, where their strength lies. Even down to their hands which are heavily calloused shows that the Dwarves aren’t like the Hobbits working outside in gardens, and aren’t like the Elves with perfect porcelain skin and smooth hands. The Dwarves are from the mountains; they are hard workers who are visibly stronger than many of the other species living throughout Middle Earth.
In contrast to the Dwarves with their brute strength and grittiness are the Elves. The Elves are connected to the outdoor and green, leafy environment. It is even visible in what they wear; they look as if their clothes came from the earth around them. (Dickerson, M. and Evans, J. 2006) However they differ from the Dwarves, the Elves still identify with where they are from and where they are living in the same distinct way. When J.R.R. Tolkien wrote the Hobbit and his other novels he created a world. The world he created was so in depth that the characters seemed if they had been...

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