What are some fairy tale elements found in The Hobbit?

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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J.R.R Tolkien's nove, The Hobbit, contains many fairy-tale elements such as magic, fantastical creatures and monsters, and other-worldly lands.  The role of magic in The Hobbit is a major fairy tale construct.  One of the central characters, Gandalf, is a wizard with mysterious powers. His staff which is like a long walking stick has magical properties and is used throughout the novel to assist the dwarves in difficult times.  Bilbo also discovers a ring with magical properties that can make the wearer invisible.  Other magical elements include: hidden doors, moon letters, swords that glow in the presence of goblins,

The Hobbit is full of unusual creatures such as hobbits, elves, trolls, goblins, wargs, overly large spiders, Gollum, over-sized eagles, a dragon. 

The setting is also full of fairy tale elements, mountains with hidden caves, creepy forests, elven cities, and pastoral villages. 


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