"The Hobbit": Book vs. Movie Comparison Essay

"The Hobbit": Book vs. Movie
A comparison of the book and movie versions of J.R. Tolkien's, "The Hobbit".
# 153710 | 1,920 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2013 in Literature (World) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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The paper examines and compares the book and movie versions of "The Hobbit", and identifies the themes that are common to both works. The paper discusses the themes of dispossession, wealth and prosperity, revenge, power, governance and heroism in both versions of this tale, and then highlights the similarities and differences in the treatment of these themes. The paper concludes by pointing out that by necessity, filmed work demands certain changes from written text.

The Themes in the Stories that are Similar
Difference in Themes

From the Paper:

"The Hobbit movie and novel depict two similar stories that are woven in such a way as to show true heroism and the quest for lost glories. In both stories, we are made to realize the calamity that faces a very wealthy kingdom, a disaster that forces them to wander all over the earth in search for a home. The stories are told by a hobbit by the name Bilbo Baggins. He tells a story of sadness, dispossession and heroism about the lonely mountain and its owners, the dwarfs. Thorin, Threin's son is also the center of the story and his suffering at the hands of Smaug the dragon and how he leads his company to recover the lonely mountain provides us with the knowledge of just how mighty warriors they are.
"The story of the Lonely Mountain starts along time back when Thorin's grandfather is still the King under the mountain. We behold immense wealth and treasure in form of gold and other precious metals that bring a form of sickness to the king. Both stories tend to agree with the fact that where there is greed for wealth, sickness often arises. Then Smaug comes from the North to occupy the kingdom and all its wealth, killing people with fire. The neighboring kingdoms fail to lend a helping hand to the dwarfs and their enemies attack, killing them in wars. The king himself dies in battle and his son goes mad with grief and disappears never to be seen again (Kempshall, 2012). Thorin has to make a choice even at a tender age to lead his people to prosperity and back to their home under the lonely mountain. This quest is tough but with a strong and brave company everything is possible."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kempshall, P., (2012). The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey--The Movie Storybook. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Sibley, B., (2012).The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey : Official Movie Guide. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Reference Publishers.
  • Tolkien, J. R ., (2012). The Hobbit (Movie Tie-In). New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • Tolkien, J. R., (1999). The Hobbit, Or, There and Back Again. Collins modern classics. New York: HarperCollins.

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