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Hobbit Thesis on Different Mind Sets

Uploaded by FischerD on Oct 08, 2002

~Different mind sets, types of people, and coloring all symbolize and have great influence on folklore of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Folklore are tales that are carried on and passed down throughout the generations of many civilizations. (Landrum). Many things contribute to the art of creating these stories, but human beings are dealt two of the greatest tools for this: an imagination and the need to teach vital life lessons. Different mind sets, types of people, and coloring all symbolize and have great influence on folklore.

In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Bilbo is content in his hobbit-hole. Took, Bilbo’s mother’s maiden name, is a name that contains a great sense of adventure and holds courage close to the heart, whereas his name of Baggins shows no desire for adventure. This proposes serious conflict between his two inner sides of Baggins and Took. Bilbo shows heavy provincialism towards new situations before leaving on his adventure. (Harding). Throughout the making and acceptance of folklore, two types of mind sets are needed. Human beings have been given a bicameral and a unicameral mind. The bicameral mind is used to invent life-sustaining tools such as language, numbers and the wheel. Bilbo has to make use of his bicameral mind that J.R.R. Tolkien has bestowed upon his character to help him survive this quest. His bicameral mind allows him to be able to to trick Gallum and the dragon, Smaug. Just like in that of Jack and the Beanstalk, when Jack tricks the harp into coming with him before she has the chance to realize what has just occurred. (Eliot). J.R.R. Tolkien uses the unicameral mind to help Bilbo make important decisions. The unicameral mind is one that portrays consciousness. Bilbo goes through many changes while he is on this adventure. Each change that occurs greatly affects Bilbo. He transforms from his father’s Baggins characteristics to his mother’s Took characteristics very swiftly. (Neves). His bicameral mind gives him the gift of quick wit, which allows him life-saving trickery, whereas his unicameral mind gives him the upper hand on facing challenges that aid him in finding his true person. (Burns).

Many different types of people are portrayed in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. A folktale concerns people - either royalty or common folk - or animals who act or speak like people. Bilbo acts more like a person than any other character in this story, which is clearly displayed...

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Date:   10/08/2002

Category:   The Hobbit

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