The Plants are Talking! :
Nature's Presence in The Hobbit

After reading the book, one might think that Nature plays a major roll in The Hobbit, a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien vividly describes the Nature of Middle-Earth with a good amount of detail, as if he was there recording history himself. Many of the characters in The Hobbit live in Nature or are a part of Nature. This is seen through the setting of The Hobbit, the characters and the descriptions of the Nature of Middle-Earth.
The setting of The Hobbit is within the Nature of Middle-Earth. "The lands opened wide about him, filled with the waters of the river which broke up and wandered in a hundred winding courses, or halted in marshes and pools dotted with isles on every side; but still a strong water flowed on steadily through the midst."(Tolkien, 188). It seems as though the river was an army marching. Bilbo and his friends, and along with Gandalf and for a while, Elrond, traveled across Middle Earth in search of Thorin's treasure, including the Arkenstone, also known as "The Heart of the Mountain". They traveled to and from many different places in Nature. The presence of nature also affects the characters and their life styles.
The presence of Nature affects the characters and their life styles a great deal. "In a hole there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty dirty, wet hole, filled with ends of worms and an oozy smell. Nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down or to eat: It was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort."(Tolkien, 1). Bilbo's hole was made out of the side of a hill. The Hobbits lived in a huge forest-like area called the Shire. That is why Bilbo is affected by nature. The Elves live in forests, far from the Shire. The dwarves lived in the mountains, as did the goblins. The Ravens of Ravenhill are part of Nature and part of its character. Nature affected the way the other characters lived and where they lived.
The descriptions of the nature of Middle-Earth told the readers about its appearance. ".The morning was cool, and mists were in the valleys and hollows and twined here and there about the peaks and pinnacles of the hills. Bilbo opened an eye to peep and saw that the birds were already high up and the world was far away, and the mountains were falling back behind them into the distance."(Tolkien, 111). Bilbo and his group traveled through many different types of nature. He went through the Shire, the mountains, the forest of the elves and the lands of the men. Tolkien described these places with much detail and such that the reader feels that they were there and that these places in Nature were really part of story. It seemed that Nature was a character in the story.
Nature was cast in a major roll in The Hobbit. One knows now that Tolkien described Middle-Earth and its Nature to make the readers feel that they are there living the book. He described the roll of Nature through its setting, characters, and through detailed descriptions.

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