Glossing the Hobbit Heroes' Homecoming

Author: Douglas Charles Rapier

Nominator: elanor_of_aquitania

2005 Award Category: Genres: Non-Fiction

Story Type: Non-Fiction  ✧  Length: Short Story

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: N/A

Summary: Without the Hero’s homecoming, the tale of the quest is incomplete. There is much to say regarding the importance of ‘The Scouring’ to the completeness and the integrity of the epic.

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Reviewed by: elanor_of_aquitania  ✧  Score: 7

OK, I like this essay because it voices one of my many concerns with Peter Jacksons realisation of the movie "The Lord of the Rings". Yes, it is a major fault of the movie trilogy also in my eyes that the hobbits come back into the shire and nothing is changed, they resume their earlier life without any strife. How became they the important people in the shire Tolkien envisioned when he described the scouring of the shire? Or what about the hero's work they accomplished on their journey? Jackson makes this a disreputable "year-long lark ... rather than being the principle instruments in the destruction of the Sauron the Dark Lord and the re-establishment of the King of Arnor and Gondor." Merry and Pippin took the military leadership, Sam and Frodo took the civilian leadership. They all followed the hero's trail to the end. I thank Douglas Charles Rapier for voicing my thoughts so clearly.

Reviewed by: Rabidsamfan  ✧  Score: 6

Although the last line is ironic now, this is the essay which I've enjoyed the most of the three – probably because I agree with it! But you've managed to draw out some points which I failed to add to my arguments, particularly in your discussion of the things which hobbits like Fatty did during the occupation of the Shire before Frodo and the others got home. I particularly liked your insight into the strengths of Frodo's decision to allow Sharkey and Wormtongue to depart. Although it seemed like weakness, in some sense, you're quite correct in noting that it establishes a great deal of authority for Frodo among the witnesses to the event.