A Fortunate Little Fellow: Divine Providence in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit"

dc.contributor.advisorTally, Robert T.
dc.contributor.authorBeronio, Bianca Lucia
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-18T18:22:11Z
dc.date.available2018-12-18T18:22:11Z
dc.date.issued2018-12
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this research is to examine the many elements that inspired Tolkien in order to identify a central theme in his Middle-earth tales: Divine Providence. Providence is defined as the protective influence of some higher power in order to bring about an eventuality. Roman Catholicism has long held Divine Providence as central to its theology; while this force is only expressly named three times in scriptures, the doctrine of Divine Providence features heavily in both the Old and New Testaments. First published in 1937, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a high-fantasy adventure in the medievalist tradition, complete with the hallmarks of the orthodox Christian interpretation of an intangible evil and a hero protected by forces unseen. Despite Tolkien’s insistence that Middle-earth isn’t a Christian world, his Catholic influences abound, presenting an orthodox Catholic view of the battle between good and evil; yet it also contains examples of Divine Providence reminiscent of the thought of Thomas Aquinas, whose Summa Theologica would have been well known to the medievalist Tolkien. Though God is never explicitly mentioned in The Hobbit, the unseen hand of Providence is at work throughout the novel; Bilbo Baggins’s unusual lineage, the timing of the discovery of the enchanted map, Bilbo’s finding of the ring, and the discovery of the Lonely Mountain keyhole, to name a few “fortunate” events, Divine Providence is revealed to be a key element in Bilbo’s transformation from humble Hobbit to fated hero.
dc.description.departmentHonors College
dc.formatText
dc.format.extent33 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.identifier.citationBeronio, B. L. (2018). A fortunate little fellow: Divine providence in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10877/7809
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectmedievalism
dc.subjectCatholicism
dc.subjectChristianity
dc.subjectTolkien
dc.subjectfantasy
dc.subjectprovidence
dc.subjectHobbit
dc.subjectHonors College
dc.titleA Fortunate Little Fellow: Divine Providence in J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit"
thesis.degree.departmentHonors College
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglish
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University
txstate.documenttypeHonors Thesis

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