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The Hobbit- A Common Man`s Review

21 Mar

By Prajapati Bhat
I recently finished reading ‘The Hobbit’ one of┬áJohn Ronald Reuel Tolkien`s best selling Fantasy Book. As of most of you know it is the prelude to ‘Lord of the Rings’ series. Regarded as Father of High Fantasy, J.R.R.Tolkien`s Hobbit is indeed a timeless classic. One would really want to know the motivation of this Oxford professor to write it. As you read more about Tolkien you discover another great literary figure who happens to be his close friend i.e. C.S.Lewis. Though I didn`t read any of his books till date; I have watched ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ movies. Whenever one watches them you feel a sense of sublime beauty and tranquillity.

Now back to Hobbit; it was written at a time when people where living a monotonous lifestyle partly due to industrialization and urbanization. With the rising Scientism, fantasy had almost died until another great figure by the name George McDonald revived it with his books. Inspired by McDonald, Lewis Carrol started writing Fantasy books. Both C.J.Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien were inspired by McDonald.

How does Hobbit appeal to a common man? Just like a common man Bilbo Baggins, the Hobbit too lived a simple life till the desire for adventure encompassed him. Helped by Gandalf, the wizard Bilbo begins his quest first making friends with the Dwarfs, then Elves and Beorn. Once he reaches the Dragon den he comes to trust in his abilities and believes something great was awaiting him. In spite of all the difficulties with that of Gollum, the Goblins and Smaug the dragon he finally finishes the mission he had started and reaches Bag end safely.

Bite the bullet? Bilbo`s meeting with Gollum and finding of the ring was no accident. The rings wanted a new owner and it found Bilbo. Fortune favours the bold. When we do the task we are assigned with dedication and smartness; God somehow blesses us with favours and surprises. The ring helped Bilbo escape from the Goblins.

Worldly attachments to be avoided? we shouldn`t be attached to material things in this world. Material things are not an end in themselves but when something turns out to be addiction then danger comes near. The ring thought helped Biblo greatly, he slowly became attached to it as seen in the last chapter of the book. Our focus should always be doing the task we assigned to rather than that car, that dress, that friend, that child, that job, that bank balance, the list goes on.