undergraduate thesis
The Nature of Hero(es) in J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit"

Antonija Magić (2016)
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Metadata
TitleNarav heroja u romanu "Hobit" J. R. R. Tolkiena
AuthorAntonija Magić
Mentor(s)Ljubica Matek (thesis advisor)
Abstract
The Hobbit is a children’s fantasy novel written by a widely respected English linguist and writer John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Tolkien, famous for his vigorous defence of fantastic literature, wrote a poignant chronicle of a hobbit Bilbo Baggins set in Middle-earth in the years 2941 to 2942 of the Third Age. Although primarily a fairy tale, the book is both complex and sophisticated when all of its intricacies are taken into consideration. The novel depicts rises and falls of Bilbo Baggins who embarks on an unlikely adventure of his life with Gandalf the wizard and a company of thirteen Dwarves. The apprehensive home-loving hobbit agrees to participate in a brave feat because he is motivated by the promised prize – a share of the treasure guarded by Smaug the dragon. The unexpected journey takes the inexperienced Bilbo into the wilderness of pristine woods, impassable mountains, and unexplored caves with dangerous Wargs, giant spiders, deadly Goblins and Orcs, Eagles, Trolls, and a Gollum. Wandering through a maze of danger Bilbo Baggins finds his deeply rooted courage, learns the true extent of his bravery and shows an enviable aptitude for burglary. His story is told in a form of an episodic quest in which the central themes are forms of heroism and personal growth. This paper explores the idea of heroism through the characters in the story, and examines what it means to be a literary and a hobbit hero.
Parallel title (English)The Nature of Hero(es) in J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit"
GranterJosip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
PlaceOsijek
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Theory and History of Literature
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmePedagogy (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. paed.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2016-09-14
Parallel keywords (Croatian)J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit hero heroic quest.
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:142:941739
CommitterLana Šuster