Magic And The Supernatural In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

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Magic and the Supernatural in The Hobbit

The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, is full of magic and things having to do with magic.

There are all sorts of supernatural creatures in this novel, including dwarves, trolls,

goblins, elves, wizards, and the main character is a “hobbit”. Overall, magic and the

supernatural plays a very big part in The Hobbit.

     One major magic entity in the book is Gandalf. He shows his magic power a few

times. One of those times was when the little party was in the Misty Mountains, sleeping

in the cave. The goblins came in and captured all the dwarves and their ponies, but as they

reached Gandalf, he jumped up, killed some goblins with magical lightning, and

disappeared. He then snuck ...view middle of the document...

     The other item of the supernatural is the ring that Bilbo finds in Gollum’s cave.

Gollum has been completely taken over by this powerful piece of jewelry, and is livid

when he loses it. Bilbo happens to stumble upon the ring, only then to run into Gollum,

who challenges Bilbo to a game of riddles, with the hobbit’s life at stake. Bilbo wins, and

Gollum figures out that he has the ring. As Bilbo puts the ring on and Gollum runs right

past him. Bilbo realizes that the ring makes him invisible, and his whole life as the

dwarves’ burglar changes. He uses the ring to help the dwarves escape the spiders and

the wood elves. It also helps him when he goes into the den of Smaug. Without the

power of the ring to aid him, Bilbo and the dwarves would have been killed fairly early in

the story.

     Fantasy creatures played a huge part in The Hobbit. The fact that all the main characters

are supernatural beings of some sort shows the importance of fantasy in this novel. Hobbits came

straight from the mind of J.R.R. Tolkien. Dwarves, wizards, trolls ,goblins, elves and dragons

appear in many tall-tales and fantasies. The Hobbit is a book that is all about weird, make-

believe things. Without magic, The Hobbit probably would not even exist.

     The amount of magic and the supernatural in this book is truly astounding. Every major

event in the entire story has at least a hint of magic or fantasy in it. Many novels run on fantasy,

but in this one it seems to be a dominating force. The story combines all types of fantasy, which

is what makes it one of the greatest books of that genre ever.

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