The Hobbit

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Without a doubt, the most famous symbol in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books is the ring itself, which first appears in The Hobbit when Bilbo finds it under the Misty Mountains, just before… (read full symbol analysis)
There is an old rule in adventure stories, from The Odyssey to Star Wars, that the hero’s personal growth must be accompanied by a journey underground. After Bilbo falls off Dori’s shoulders while… (read full symbol analysis)
Bilbo finds a dagger in the trolls’ lair, which is small for the trolls, but large enough to serve as a sword for him. Later, when Bilbo is rescuing his friends from the spiders in… (read full symbol analysis)