History Literature / TheHobbit

11th Jul '16 7:34:59 PM IronicMouse
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* UnderhandedHero: In order to prevent a useless war between allies, Bilbo steals the Arkenstone, the reason the dwarves even came to the mountain in the first place, and hands it over to the elves so they can bargain for a ceasefire.
8th Jul '16 3:27:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheMentor: Gandalf guides the party and helps Bilbo develop into a competent "adventurer," but he does not use his considerable powers to just do the job for them. And then he goes off to deal with the Necromancer, leaving the party to fend for themselves.



* TheObiWan: Gandalf guides the party and helps Bilbo develop into a competent "adventurer," but he does not use his considerable powers to just do the job for them. And then he goes off to deal with the Necromancer, leaving the party to fend for themselves.
26th Jun '16 10:58:24 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* SeriousBusiness: In-universe, the riddle game is regarded as "sacred" and the prose says that even a lowly creature like Gollum is hesitant to cheat at it.

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* SeriousBusiness: In-universe, the riddle game is regarded as "sacred" and the prose says that even a lowly creature like Gollum is hesitant to cheat at it. The sequel mentions that there's in-universe debate over whether Bilbo's last question is technically cheating, but it gets a pass because Gollum negotiated special rules (he accepted it on the condition of getting extra guesses) and therefore loses any grounds to challenge it.
12th Jun '16 10:45:22 PM DontJinxUs
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* BearsAreBadNews: Beorn plays TheBerserker trope quite literally, being a VoluntaryShapeshifter who becomes a were-bear in battle. You definitely don't want to cross him, though fortunately, he's mostly Bad News only to goblins and wolves.

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* BearsAreBadNews: Beorn plays TheBerserker trope quite literally, being a VoluntaryShapeshifter who becomes a were-bear an enormous bear in battle. You definitely don't want to cross him, though fortunately, he's mostly Bad News only to goblins and wolves.
26th Apr '16 4:36:20 PM Josef5678
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* OffModel: Tolkien always had a specific design for Gollum in mind, and tried his best to write of that in the text. The way he looks in the Peter Jackson films (and most book printings from the 60s onward) is pretty much how everyone expects Gollum to look. However, in the earliest printings of the book, the illustrators hired had very different ideas for Gollum's appearance, so [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness it can be strange to look through old printings]] and see Gollum [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/f8/30/fc/f830fcbc16fb7ba25c181971365ddb80.jpg looking like a strange yeti]] in one printing, while looking [[https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/08/8a/37/088a37bc9a0494a721c392b54a087d7d.gif eel-like in another.]]
26th Apr '16 4:21:43 PM Josef5678
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: In the first version of the book, Gollum willingly bet the Ring. [[OutOfCharacter For obvious reasons after Tolken started writing Lord of the Rings]] he removed this in later versions.
26th Apr '16 4:02:45 PM Josef5678
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The work has not been out of print since the paper shortages during the [[WorldWarTwo Second World War]].

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The work has not been out of print since the paper shortages during the [[WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Second World War]].



* [[WesternAnimation/TheHobbit A 1977 animated TV special]] by [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin-Bass]]; your mileage may vary in regard to how successful it is. At least they used top-flight voice talent, and much of the music was based directly on songs in the book. It was also one of the first major Japanese crossover animations, and many of the artists went on to found StudioGhibli.

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* [[WesternAnimation/TheHobbit A 1977 animated TV special]] by [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin-Bass]]; your mileage may vary in regard to how successful it is. At least they used top-flight voice talent, and much of the music was based directly on songs in the book. It was also one of the first major Japanese crossover animations, and many of the artists went on to found StudioGhibli.Creator/StudioGhibli.



** Bilbo saves the dwarves from the spiders

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** Bilbo saves the dwarves from the spidersspiders.



* FamedInStory / ShroudedInMyth: As Tolkien's narration puts it:
-->''Gandalf! If you had heard only a quarter of what I have heard about him, and I have only heard very little of all there is to hear, you would be prepared for any sort of remarkable tale. Tales and adventures sprouted up all over the place wherever he went, in the most extraordinary fashion.''



* HaveAGayOldTime: "He was in fact held by all the hobbits of the neighbourhood to be 'queer'..."
** And one of the wood-elves calls another a "toss-pot". Back then it meant "[[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish heavy drinker]]", but has come to have a much ruder meaning.

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* HaveAGayOldTime: HaveAGayOldTime:
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"He was in fact held by all the hobbits of the neighbourhood to be 'queer'..."
** And one One of the wood-elves calls another a "toss-pot". Back then it meant "[[UsefulNotes/BritishEnglish heavy drinker]]", but has come to have a much ruder meaning.



* InterspeciesRomance: It's speculated that someone on the Tooks' family tree married into a fairy family, which accounts for the adventurous nature in those of Took blood. However, the narrator says "This, of course, is absurd", and the whole thing is presented as a slur on the Took family rather than a practical possibility.

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* InterspeciesRomance: InterspeciesRomance:
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It's speculated that someone on the Tooks' family tree married into a fairy family, which accounts for the adventurous nature in those of Took blood. However, the narrator says "This, of course, is absurd", and the whole thing is presented as a slur on the Took family rather than a practical possibility.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Several characters, including Bard and Beorn.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Several characters, including Bard and Beorn.Beorn, who are harsh when they're first seen but help the dwarves in the Battle of the Five Armies.



* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The story is "compiled" from Bilbo's memoirs. This was exploited by Tolkien when he wanted to change the backstory of Bilbo finding the Ring to fit with ''TheLordOfTheRings'' while he was writing it - the first edition represents Bilbo being economical with the truth.

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* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The story is "compiled" from Bilbo's memoirs. This was exploited by Tolkien when he wanted to change the backstory of Bilbo finding the Ring to fit with ''TheLordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' while he was writing it - the first edition represents Bilbo being economical with the truth.



* MarkedBullet: Bard had an arrow he was particularly fond of, a family heirloom, and [[OneBulletLeft saved it for last]]

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* MarkedBullet: Bard had an arrow he was particularly fond of, a family heirloom, and [[OneBulletLeft saved it for last]]last]].



* MeaningfulName: "Beorn" is OldEnglish for "bear" (cognate with the Scandinavian "bjørn").

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* MeaningfulName: "Beorn" is OldEnglish Old English for "bear" (cognate with the Scandinavian "bjørn").



* SequelHook: In the foreword to the second edition, Tolkien notes that the account of Bilbo's encounter with Gollum is different in this new edition, and Bilbo lying about how he acquired the Ring is of great importance. The reason for this will be revealed in the (yet to be published) [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings sequel]].

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* SequelHook: In the foreword to the second edition, Tolkien notes that the account of Bilbo's encounter with Gollum is different in this new edition, and Bilbo lying about how he acquired the Ring is of great importance. The reason for this will be revealed in the (yet to be published) (then-published) [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings sequel]].



* ShoutOut: The moon runes and SundialWaypoint clues to Erebor's secret entrance are fantasy-flavored versions of similar clues in Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth''.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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The moon runes and SundialWaypoint clues to Erebor's secret entrance are fantasy-flavored versions of similar clues in Creator/JulesVerne's ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth''.



* ShroudedInMyth: As Tolkien's narration puts it:
-->''Gandalf! If you had heard only a quarter of what I have heard about him, and I have only heard very little of all there is to hear, you would be prepared for any sort of remarkable tale. Tales and adventures sprouted up all over the place wherever he went, in the most extraordinary fashion.''



* SpaceJews: Tolkien compared the Dwarves to the Jews (Dwarvish being of Semitic influence), though he was in RealLife a committed anti-racist.
** To the extent where he wrote a vicious letter to a publisher in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany tearing the man down several pegs and pointing out the flaws in Nazi doctrine as only a Professor of Linguistics and expert on Norse/Germanic mythology can. A politer, but still harsh letter was sent instead, counting as a RealLife CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* SpaceJews: Tolkien compared the Dwarves to the Jews (Dwarvish being of Semitic influence), though he was in RealLife a committed anti-racist.
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anti-racist. [[note]]To the extent where he wrote a vicious letter to a publisher in UsefulNotes/NaziGermany tearing the man down several pegs and pointing out the flaws in Nazi doctrine as only a Professor of Linguistics and expert on Norse/Germanic mythology can. A politer, but still harsh letter was sent instead, counting as a RealLife CrowningMomentOfAwesome.[[/note]]



* WasActuallyFriendly: Wood Elves. They distrust the dwarves mutually ([[PoorCommunicationKills so the dwarves refuse to say why they're there, making the elves more suspicious]] since they assumed the starving dwarves approaching their banquet to beg for food were attacking). They turn out to be a lot nicer later on, [[spoiler:with Bilbo giving them some treasure in payment for the food he stole while orchestrating the dwarves' breakout]]. Arguably the men of the lake as well [[spoiler:since they join the elves in laying siege to the old keep]].

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* WasActuallyFriendly: WasActuallyFriendly:
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Wood Elves. They distrust the dwarves mutually ([[PoorCommunicationKills so the dwarves refuse to say why they're there, making the elves more suspicious]] since they assumed the starving dwarves approaching their banquet to beg for food were attacking). They turn out to be a lot nicer later on, [[spoiler:with Bilbo giving them some treasure in payment for the food he stole while orchestrating the dwarves' breakout]]. Arguably the
** The
men of the lake as well [[spoiler:since [[spoiler:when they join the elves in laying siege to the old keep]].
12th Apr '16 1:15:18 AM morenohijazo
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* HospitalSurprise: Bilbo gets hit on the head during the climactic battle. He doesn't wake up in hospital, but he's found by a soldier and taken to where Thorin lies mortally wounded.
30th Mar '16 9:46:30 AM hullflyer
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* LegendaryWeapon: Early in the book, the party recovers a small treasure hoard from some trolls. Among the hoard are a pair of legendary elvish blades, Orcrist the Goblin-Cleaver and Glamdring the Foe-Hammer, two legendary swords forged millennia earlier by the elves of Gondolin. Thorin Oakenshield takes Orcrist [[spoiler:and it's eventually buried with him]], while Gandalf takes Glamdring.

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* LegendaryWeapon: Early in the book, the party recovers a small treasure hoard from some trolls. Among the hoard are a pair of legendary elvish blades, Orcrist the Goblin-Cleaver and Glamdring the Foe-Hammer, two legendary swords forged millennia earlier by the elves of Gondolin. Thorin Oakenshield takes Orcrist [[spoiler:and it's eventually buried with him]], while Gandalf takes Glamdring. The swords are legendary (in the sense of being extremely notorious) among the goblins themselves as well, and they instantly recognize them.
30th Mar '16 9:44:49 AM hullflyer
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* LegallyDead: When Bilbo returns to Bag End after one year of absence, he finds he has been presumed dead and his heirs are just holding an auction on his possessions. Since it's not so easy to convince the authorities that he is still alive, he resorts to buying much of his own stuff back to save time and bother.

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* LegallyDead: When Bilbo returns to Bag End after one year of absence, he finds he has been presumed dead and his heirs are just holding an auction on his possessions. Since it's not so easy to convince the authorities that he is still alive, he resorts to buying much of his own stuff back to save time and bother.bother - he's certainly rich enough to do it easily, now.
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