Another excellent essay on Thorin by Tolkien scholar (and newly minted RA fan!) Susan Messer.
I recently returned from seeing “The Hobbit” for the third time. Being a Tolkien scholar, there is obviously no shortage of themes which this film delves into which would fail to inspire me. This evening, however, I happened upon one quite by chance. As my daughter, husband, and I were making our way out of the auditorium, I heard a man speaking with his friends. He seemed to be in rather a muddled state. He asked the lady to his right why in the world would that dwarf leader have leapt off of the tree and rushed straight into a nest of bloodthirsty orcs and wargs all alone? It seemed suicidal and thoroughly dim-witted. All those in his group agreed.
Naturally, I couldn’t let this simply pass. It dawned on me that so many people out there seeing “The Hobbit” for the first time have no background in Norse mythology. Although the majority…
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