Top Hobbit Moments

Well, you heard the top moments from the Lord of the Rings, now it’s time for the top moments from the Hobbit! As we all well know, the Hobbit movies weren’t up to their potential, but that does not mean they weren’t good movies.

For those who are strange and have not yet seen the movies or read the book, there are some spoilers ahead.

10:  Thorin’s farewell

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Yet another moment made great thanks to brilliant acting. Martin Freeman did absolutely FANTASTIC with his acting as Thorin is dying. Straight away we see his denial of the situation. He tries desperately to save him, reassuring him that he will live because the eagles have come to save them. He had gone far past hope and was now just in denial. This is acting!

9: Bilbo encounters Smaug

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Everyone has got to love when Smaug has his conversation with Bilbo. Almost word for word from the book! Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice was so brilliantly used to create the voice of the dragon. Everyone loves a good dragon, as it was once said, “it’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.”

Fun Fact: Benedict Cumberbatch memorized the entire dialogue of Smaug from the book and voice acted it through twice, whilst wearing the motion capture suit and crawling around like a lizard (Komodo dragon specifically).

8: Thunder battle

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I love this scene because of how cool and intense it looks. It is cool to see what rock giants might look like, thinking of them as if they are actual beings, not just people made of rock. The CGI at this part is one of the only parts that was done well with the animation (the other stuff did not need to be animated).

7: That’s what Bilbo Baggins hates

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This song was a commodity that I just thought was necessary. I love to see things added word for word from the book. This song was also up beat and entertaining to follow. I especially love when Bofur is bumping around dishes with his elbow as he is playing his flute. Tolkien had so many songs, it’s obvious he loved music, so it is essential that that is portrayed in his book’s movie adaptation.

6: Misty Mountains song

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Another song that was necessary. I love love love this song! All the deep voices of these men put together with perfect wording and feeling. This is a song that gets the listener to think about the words, and if you don’t at the beginning, when you look back at it afterward, it is pretty much a summary of their journey to be.

5: Thorin’s Dragon sickness

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Of all the things that Tolkien wanted to portray with his stories, this is one of the most important. Tolkien was all about symbolism, and with Thorin’s dragon sickness, which we see more clearly with the Balrog in Moria, he was trying to show what greed and temptation does to a person. When Thorin says the exact same thing Smaug said, with Smaug’s voice at the same time, it is super cool. It is interesting to see how all that treasure corrupted even the most noble of dwarves.

4: Bilbo comes back

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The scene right after the goblin tunnels, when Thorin thinks Bilbo left, is a great scene. I love Bilbo’s little speech about how he does miss his old life and how he realizes that he doesn’t fit in, but what matters is that he is willing to fight with them to win back their home, where they fit in. It is cool to see that even though Bilbo is small and somewhat wimpy, he has the courage to do the right thing and help other.

3: Gollum

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I almost would leave this section saying, “nuff said,” but it deserves more than that. I love Gollum. Especially thanks to Andy freaking amazing Serkis. His work with Gollum is just pure talent. Everyone loves the scene with Gollum and his riddles. To hear so many done word for word as well was great.

2: Thorin’s acceptance 

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I know I’m not alone when I say I was so angry at Thorin when he gets up after being saved by eagles and starts talking to Bilbo. We were all almost certain he was legitimately angry at Bilbo for his act of courage. I was almost in tears when Thorin admits he was wrong and gives Bilbo a hug. I was so happy. You could see they had formed a friendship that would last longer than their life times. To admit your fault, especially as a king, takes a huge amount of courage.

And to go right along with this is when Bilbo saves Thorin’s life. You just want to jump out of your seat and cheer him on. I was so happy when this happened. Such a small guy taking on a huge, purely evil orc. Amazing!

1: Bard’s encounter with Smaug

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I have to say this was my all time favorite scene. The acting in this scene was perfect! When Bard’s bow breaks, and his son had just come to give him the black arrow, and Bard has to balance the arrow on Bain’s shoulder! Bain’s acting was so perfect! The fear that you could almost feel through his acting as he can hear a huge, deadly dragon coming right toward him. And Bard, you can see how much he loves his son and cares for him. And looking at his son right in front of him as he is preparing to kill the dragon makes you realize that he knows exactly who he is doing this for, he is staring right at the reason!

This was the scene that made me love Bard and Bain! I just love them! They became my favorite characters through one short scene. Their acting was just amazing!

No matter what anyone says, these movies were good. They weren’t 100% accurate, but we already should know that it’s impossible for that to happen. The actors that were chosen provided for an amazing trilogy thanks to their wonderful acting talents. Don’t let the negative critics get you down, these movies are so great!

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Chapter Three: Three Is Company-Part One

Even after Gandalf explains to Frodo that the ring is indeed the One Ring, Frodo doesn’t make any sign of leaving for the next two to three weeks. Frodo was very reluctant to go. In fact, the only thing that made it bearable was the thought that he would be following Bilbo and would be able to see him again after Frodo almost doubled his age. He thought little about the ring and the fate of it in the end.

Gandalf explains to Frodo that he is not to tell anyone he is leaving at all. Certainly not where he is going. Frodo himself doesn’t even know where he is to go. In Gandalf’s opinion, he should make for Rivendell, which Frodo would be delighted to do, and Sam even more so.

Quite a bit later, a rumor began to spread that Frodo was selling Bag End. The hobbits were uncertain why he would do so. There were many theories, of course, being hobbits and all. What’s worse is that he was selling it to the Sackville-Bagginses! But everyone had the common belief that Frodo was going back to Buckland.

After two months in Bag End, Gandalf announced he was leaving to take care of some business. He tells Frodo to stick to his plan unless Gandalf sent word for him to change them. Most importantly, he tells Frodo not to use the ring.

Time quickly passes and Frodo and Bilbo’s birthday comes. They celebrate and forget their troubles a little while. Gandalf does not come.

Interestingly, as Frodo spends his last day in Bag End, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins shows up, pridefully grasping what is now hers, and to show that Frodo did not respect her for how rude she is it says, “Frodo did not offer her any tea.” I find it funny that this is the most disrespectful thing one can do to another. Awe, the British and their tea. It’s great.

As Frodo is preparing finally to leave, he over hears Gaffer and someone with a strange voice discussing Frodo’s leave taking. Gaffer tells the person what all the hobbits had believed about Frodo going to Buckland. This makes Frodo hugely paranoid and decides not to take the main road. And thus his adventure finally begins.

Together, Frodo, Sam, and Pippin made their way on foot toward Frodo’s “new home,” where Merry is waiting.

The three hobbits walk for what seems like forever. Frodo finds himself repeating the words of Bilbo’s song, The Road Goes Ever On and On. What Frodo doesn’t realize is that it was Bilbo he heard it from. He feels as though he made it up, in a way, but he thinks that it certainly does sound like Bilbo’s rhyming.

As they continue walking, Sam says he hears a horse galloping far behind them. Frodo hopes that it is Gandalf, but he has a feeling that it is not. Because of this, Frodo suggests that they stay off the road.

The next part is almost exactly like it is in the movie adaptation. Frodo stands in the middle of the road, hesitating to get off the road as his friends are already hiding. Finally he hides with them as a huge, black horse turns the corner. When the horse and it’s hooded rider reach the spot adjacent to where the three are hiding, the rider sits quietly, making a sound as if he is sniffing.

As the rider and his horse stand there, Frodo suddenly feels a fear that he will be discovered. He finds himself thinking about the ring and fingering it. He feels tempted to use it. Bilbo had used it. So why should Frodo not use it? The rider slowly begins to trot away until it is out of sight, and Frodo’s temptation fades.

Chapter Two: The Shadow of the Past-Part Two

Gandalf continues to help Frodo understand how the ring came to him. He tells him about a people, much like hobbits, called Stoors. Of the Stoors there is a family of great wealth. A grandmother is head of the family. The most curious and inquisitive of the family is named Smeagol. He began to forget about the beauties of the sky and trees around him and began to look down, interested in roots and under water.

This in a way foreshadows what’s to come. Those who look down tend to represent looking toward the devil. We can infer that something about Smeagol in the future will come out in a not so good way. Looking down is never good.

Gandalf explains that one day Smeagol and his friend Deagol were out by the lake one day. Deagol was fishing. Suddenly a huge fish caught his line and pulled him under the water. While underneath, Deagol spots a small, shiny object. He grabs it and later discovers that it is a ring. Smeagol sees the ring and becomes instantly jealous. He pesters Deagol, trying to convince him to give the ring to him. When Deagol refuses, Smeagol grabs him by the throat and strangles him. Thus claiming the ring.

No one had ever discovered what had happened to Deagol. Smeagol had discovered the disappearing magic of the ring and began to use it for wrong. People scorned and shunned him. They began to bully him and mock him. Smeagol started gurgling in his throat so they began to call him Gollum. Everyone wanted him gone, so his grandmother kicked him out of the house.

Gollum began to fish for food with his bare hands. He ate them raw and hid in caves. One day, he saw the sun and it felt as though it was burning him. He cursed the sun, and while looking up at it, he saw the misty mountains. He decided then to go live in the shade of the mountains. He traveled by night and began burrowing his way into the heart of the mountain where he and the ring could not be discovered.

Frodo instantly recognized Gollum’s name. Frodo was surprised that Gollum, such a vile creature, could be distantly related to hobbits themselves. This knowledge leads Frodo to realize how close he is to suffering the same fate. Gandalf even says that it could have happened to anyone, even a hobbit.

Gandalf explains that Gollum still had a part of his old self in him. He didn’t entirely become Gollum, in fact it rather was a separation of personalities in him. Both Smeagol and Gollum were there.

Gollum hated and loved the ring. He would have never gotten rid of it. He couldn’t. The ring decides when it leaves. Bilbo was the first ever to choose to leave the ring. The only one for a long time. It was more than just luck that brought Bilbo to the ring. There was another power at work.

Isildur had once had the ring, and it conveniently slipped off his finger when he had been caught. The ring does what it wants. Despite all the other evidence suggesting that this ring was the one ring, the inscription in the fire alone proves it. And Gandalf only discovered that it truly was the ring while in Frodo’s house at that very moment.

Gandalf spoke with Gollum himself. He lied and played games, but some truth came of it. Gollum eventually came out of the misty mountains for the longing of the ring. Gollum figured out where Bilbo came from and meant to go after him to get his ring back. He even tried to come to the Shire, but Gandalf left his investigation for he thought he had better things to do. Which turns to be a mistake.

After Gandalf had finally spoken to Gollum, Gollum slowly made his way down to Mordor.

Gollum had hoped to find aid in getting his revenge, but was instead taken and tortured. He made a grave mistake searching for aid in the dark lands. Sauron discovered where the ring went.

Frodo panicked and was frightened. He thought it a pity that Bilbo hadn’t killed him, but Gandalf states that it was pity that stopped Bilbo from killing him. Frodo says he has no pity for Gollum. Gandalf implies that if he saw Gollum, he would change his mind. Frodo thinks Gollum deserves death. Gandalf proceeds to explain to him why he doesn’t, putting Frodo’s perspective in a new light.

Frodo simply wants to be rid of the ring, and Gandalf says getting rid of it isn’t enough. It has to be destroyed, and Frodo has to try to destroy it.

The ring was made by Sauron himself in the fires of mount doom, therefore it must be destroyed in the same fire. Frodo asks why he was chosen by the ring and Gandalf says there is no way of explaining. Frodo does not want the ring, so he offers it to Gandalf. Gandalf refuses it, stating he cannot take it from him. It tempts him too much. Taking the ring would destroy him.

Frodo hopes dearly that another bearer will soon take the ring away. Without telling Gandalf, Frodo wishes he could have gone with Bilbo. To go on a nice holiday with him. Bilbo made no mistake in choosing his heir, according to Gandalf. Finally, Gandalf explains what Frodo is to do, and that he is to do everything under the name of Underhill to avoid the use of Baggins, of which Sauron now knows.

Gandalf thinks that Frodo should not go alone. Just after he states it, he pulls Samwise Gamgee right from through the window to outside.

Sam quickly defends himself by saying he was cutting the grass. Gandalf obviously does not believe him. He believes he was eavesdropping. Sam is terrified that Gandalf will turn him into something unnatural and begs Frodo to not let him do it.

Sam explains that he listened because he couldn’t help it. Hearing about elves caused him to want so badly to see elves and he begs to be brought along to meet them. Ganalf laughs, realizing he is no threat.

Sam definitely doesn’t want Frodo to leave, but Frodo tells him that it can’t be avoided. To keep Sam from telling anyone, Frodo tells him Gandalf will turn him into a toad if he does. Seeing Sam tremble at the thought, Gandalf offers to let Sam come along, to keep Frodo in good company with a great friend. Sam becomes very excited, thinking it great he will be able to see elves. And then Sam begins to cry.

Chapter One: An Unexpected Party-Part Two

The instant Bilbo disappears in chapter one, every single guest at the party bursts into conversation. Most of the talk was of how crazy Bilbo is. Frodo just sits and laughs quietly at the amusement of the guests.

As Frodo sits and ponders, he begins to think about Bilbo’s little trick a little harder. He realizes how much he cares for Bilbo. I like to think Frodo in that moment started to wonder what would happen to him if Bilbo really was gone. If Bilbo really had disappeared and would never return. That is what makes him realize how sad he would become if Bilbo left this world in such a quick flash as his trick.

Tolkien makes a large deal about the clothes Bilbo changes into when he returns to Bag End. He describes the nice, embroidered party clothes he removes and the old, tattered clothes that replace them. Thinking about this, ask yourself, Why would someone who has such nice and expensive things change into old, dirty clothes on such an occasion as an important birthday? No one would even change into dirty clothes on their worst day unless it was their last resort.

Tolkien explains further in a way that makes us realize that the clothes Bilbo puts on are the same as those he word on his adventures with the dwarves. Think about the symbolism behind the clothing. Bilbo had never really been one to wear expensive things and look fancy. We can tell this by the way he is constantly giving to those around him, thinking not of himself, but others. Also, it says that Bilbo rapped up his fine linen clothing and put it carefully away, this makes it seem as though he hasn’t even worn it before, he still has the packaging it came in.

The clothes he wore on his journey symbolize his old self. The part of him the was “more Took-ish.” These clothes show all the wear and tear of an adventure, of which you would never experience behind the borders of the Shire. This tells us that he is not planning to stay in the Shire, which we can also assume by the other things he was said to have gathered together upon returning to Bag End. Also, those old clothes represent his old self. Bilbo is choosing to embrace that of his past and leave what home he has already.

Bilbo soon verifies this theory himself as he converses with Gandalf. He tells Gandalf he is going on a holiday and doesn’t mean to come back.

Taking a step back for a moment: Before Gandalf shows up, Bilbo puts his ring in an envelope and sets it on the shelf, then just after he takes it out again. At this point for most people (who don’t already know the story by heart, but have read the Hobbit), we can tell that there is something about the ring that isn’t quite the same as it was in the Hobbit. Bilbo can’t seem to detach from the ring, but this could also just be a simple man who doesn’t want to separate from such a sentimental treasure.

During Bilbo’s conversation with Gandalf, we hear another famous line.

“I feel sort of stretched, Gandalf…like butter scraped over too much bread.”

Let’s analyze this a bit, shall we?

Think about it. When you take just a knife full of butter and try to spread it over your entire toast, it eventually thins out to the point where it has no point. It doesn’t give it the flavor you intended. Bilbo here could be meaning that as he goes along, spending his days in the Shire (gliding his knife across the bread), he feels that his knife is going to continue gliding through his life, never lifting itself off to obtain more butter, never adding more to his now dull life. He feels like all this time spent idling away is stretching him, making him become more and more thin as his adventurous life is left behind him. He is only spreading his butter, dragging it in circles, going no where. This is what he uses to describe why he needs to leave.

After such marvelous and terrible adventures. How can one go back to a normal life completely?

Tolkien writes in one line that, to me seems a bit humorous on his part. Gandalf tells Bilbo that no one will read his story (which we know is actually what the Hobbit book is, technically). This makes me laugh a bit, because we know that thousands of people read the Hobbit. It’s almost as if Tolkien is making a joke about how successful his book actually was. Just a random thought.

Bilbo then says that Frodo would come with him, if Bilbo asked him. But he also says that Frodo is not ready. I compare this to our existence before earth life. Not all of us are born on earth at the same time, obviously. So this represents that we will all have a chance on earth, just that some of us aren’t ready at the same time as others. Just like how on earth we don’t all progress at the same rate.

The next bit is almost word for word in the movie. Gandalf and Bilbo discuss the ring and what its fate is to be. Bilbo calls the ring his “precious” just as Gollum had. This definitely tells us something is up. The ring starts to look more and more like a poison. Or an addiction. If this ring is causing such a respectable man to become like such a sad, pathetic creature, then there is definitely something about that ring that is not right for the mind.

Bilbo and Gandalf soon agree to leave the ring with Frodo. This tells us a TON about the type of person Frodo is. They trusted him enough to leave him such a powerful and dangerous weapon. They had to have had total faith in Frodo as a person to take care of this ring. So they leave it for him (after Bilbo tries to take it with him first, of course).

Bilbo and Gandalf say their goodbyes and Bilbo is off, singing as he goes. Which song is a very deep sort of poetry. It ends with “And whither [the road goes] then? I cannot say.” This means that he has no idea where his journey is going to take him, but yet still he goes. No one knows where their road will take them, we simply have to follow and discover for ourselves where it will go.

The next day, after Frodo had discovered Bilbo left the day before (as Bilbo had told him he was planning on doing), Frodo finds that Bilbo had written out what things he owned that he was giving away. (He even gave things away to the Sackville-Bagginses!)

This chapter ends with a conversation between Frodo and Gandalf. Gandalf explains that Frodo is to soon go out into the world on a sort of small journey. They discuss what is to happen and Gandalf tells him that he will return one day to let Frodo know when it is the time to leave. And so Frodo waits until it is his time to go into the world.

Chapter One: A Long Expected Party: Part One

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring starts, we hear the connection between the Hobbit and the trilogy to come. It discusses Bilbo and the theories and conspiracies that came about throughout his time up until the Lord of the Rings starts. (Considering the length of this first chapter, I am going to split it in half.)

People had believed that Bilbo was far too rich and forever young. They thought it unnatural and would reap great consequence. From this we can see a little of what Shire life is like.

Hobbits never left Hobbiton, much less return with great wealth and treasures after such a long time. It just wasn’t natural, especially considering the amount of dwarves that visited at first and the world renowned Gandalf the Grey. It also shows us how small their society was. Everyone knew everyone, everyone knew each other’s business and wanted to take part in the gossip. That is quite like what small towns are.

Bilbo’s strangeness was forgotten by many because of his generosity with his money. He had also developed many close friends. One of those being his young cousin, Frodo.

Bilbo adopted Frodo when Bilbo was ninety-nine. That means Frodo only lived with Bilbo for twelve years. That’s actually a bit longer for Hobbits than for men, considering they become adults when they are already in their thirties. Being in their twenties was considered their teenage years.

We soon learn that Bilbo and Frodo have the same birthday (which is what Bilbo says is his reason for wanting Frodo near). Their birthday is September 22nd (this is why that day is considered Hobbit day, so mark your calendars! 😀 ).

This particular birthday was a big one for both Bilbo and Frodo. Frodo was to become an adult, thirty-three; and Bilbo was turning 111, which Tolkien writes as “a curious number,…” That meant something big was planned.

We are soon introduced to Ham “Gaffer” Gamgee and his youngest son Sam. These two had both tended the garden at Bag End. Gaffer had done it for forty years. Sam took over. We also learn that Sam and Frodo are close friends.

A good majority of this first chapter is a discussion among Gaffer and his neighbors. They discuss Bilbo, Frodo and the death of Frodo’s parents.

We hear the story of Drogo and his wife, who went out fishing one night, and both drowned. Few of the others say what rumors they heard, some being nasty bits about Drogo being pushed and his wife pulling him after her. They also discuss how and why Frodo was taken in, how Frodo is related to Bilbo on both sides and the generosity of Bilbo doing such a deed for an orphaned Hobbit. The group also discusses how the Sackville-Bagginses will never get Bag End now, and that it is a good thing. (It seems that no one rather likes those people).

A stranger joins in on the talk of Bilbo and he states the theory that Bilbo has tunnels filled with gold and treasure. Gaffer does not believe the tales, he was even there when Bilbo’s stuff was being auctioned off. Bilbo only returned with a few chests. Some others retort saying Bilbo is off and gone very often and wouldn’t doubt he returns with more treasure. They discuss the many visits from dwarves and Gandalf.

Then Gaffer continues by stating how great a man Bilbo really is. He says that many rich people wouldn’t even offer a drink to a friend, whereas Bilbo is inviting all to his party and even giving them all presents. If that’s weird, Gaffer could do for some more of it.

On the chapter goes, discussing the preparations being made for the big party. Dwarves show up with tons of things and then so does Gandalf. All the children know of his fireworks, though they had never even seen them and Gandalf never stayed long. Everyone knows that there are to be fireworks at the party.

Then there is a little piece of the chapter with a very short conversation between Gandalf and Bilbo. Bilbo says he means to follow through with his plan, of which we don’t know what it is at this point. Gandalf tells him to follow through with all of it and then Bilbo says he will have quite a laugh at his joke at the party. I wonder what this little joke is?

Thousands of invitations were written and given out. Bilbo became buried in acceptance and thank you letters for the invites. What’s great is that Bilbo really did have a sign on his gate that said No Admittance Except on Party Business.

A whole field was filled with tents and gates. An entire tree was covered by a pavilion and lanterns were hung from all the branches. Then the day finally arrived.

On birthdays in Hobbiton, the one having a birthday gives presents to everyone else. Usually they aren’t too expensive or big, but Bilbo’s were huge, some even magical, and sent from the Lonely Mountain or Dale themselves, hand made by the dwarves.

The party was huge. The fireworks, hand made by Gandalf, were beautiful, magical and amazing in every way. There was food everywhere. Bilbo and Frodo had a special family dinner that included some close friends such as Gandalf. Even the Sackville-Bagginses were there. It was a party not to be missed.

Then Bilbo gives a speech. A speech which everyone had been dreading up until he actually gives it, at which time they are content to hear it. Tolkien is even very specific about the position in which Bilbo stands. (One hand waving, the other in his pocket. We can guess why he would have his hand in his pocket.)

Bilbo gives a speech much different than expected. He says his famous line I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. My favorite part of that being how Tolkien writes, “…but most of them were trying to work it out and see if it came to a compliment.”

Everyone gets bored very quickly. They are ready to move on and are expecting some sort of boring poetry or song. But Bilbo does not sing or recite. He pauses for a moment. Then he says he would like to make an announcement, which he speaks so loudly everyone is startled.

Then he says:

I regret to announce that–though, as I said, eleventy-one years is far too short a time to spend among you–this is the END. I am going. I am leaving NOW. GOOD-BYE!

And this is where I end this section. And this is when Bilbo disappears into thin air.

Meriadoc: The Responsible Hobbit

Merry is the logical Hobbit between him and Pippin. He is constantly trying to keep Pippin out of trouble. Merry’s best attribute is his desire to fight for what is right. He sees all this fighting and death around him and all he wants is to help his friends.

The instant the black riders come after the Hobbits just outside of Hobbiton, Merry knows that there is something Frodo has that they are after. In the book, Merry actually knew about the ring, or rather saw what it did. One day, Merry saw Bilbo put on the ring, after that, he sent Sam to go investigate and listen to what happens in Bag End (that means Sam really was dropping eaves! 😉 ). Merry had an idea what was going on from the very beginning. It isn’t until later that he realizes the magnitude of the situation.

We get a clue at how ignorant he starts off. When at Weathertop, he foolishly lights a fire with his buddies, not realizing that he can’t have all the many regular meals whenever he wants anymore, especially when there are nine evil Sauron’s servants tracking them.

When Merry sees Frodo leaving the fellowship at Amon Hen, he immediately understands and tries to lead the orcs away from him. He completely disregards his own safety for the sake of his friend. He realizes later that his carelessness in his attempt to save one friend resulted in the death of another. This could be one of the reasons he was so fixated on helping his friends in battle, because he doesn’t want to feel as though he can’t do any good.

When Hobbits are with Treebeard, Merry is trying to convince Treebeard to fight with them. He figures that the size of the ents would be the perfect strategic advantage. When Treebeard takes an entire day, completely disregarding something that is so important to Merry, it frustrates him to the point where he feels that he really can’t do any good in this war that has taken over normal life. He pretty much gives up. Thankfully for him, Pippin managed to convince Treebeard to head toward Isengard, where he sees the destruction Saruman has caused.

If it weren’t for this tender mercy, Merry wouldn’t have ever made it into battle, defending what he believes in and helping his friends. Merry is an example of our willingness and drive to do what’s right and help others. We all want something, we all should want what’s best for those we care about.

Merry realizes fully the extent of the damage Sauron has brought to the world when he sees his closest friend forced to leave him. Seeing Pippin struggle against such evil, suffer from such a trial, he realizes how much he cares for Pippin and doesn’t want him to have to ever suffer at the hands of such evil.

Imagine. Remember the way Pippin reacted when he was holding the Palentir? He struggled, he couldn’t even let go. If this were your brother, sister, closest friend or relative, how would that make you feel? Personally, it would scare me to death! I would never want to see anyone, let alone my closest friend have to deal with such a thing.

You could compare this to seeing your family members go through trials. Maybe you have a family member struggling with addiction, or health problems, or maybe even lost someone you loved to a disease or an accident and it hurt someone you care about to the point where you don’t know what will happen to them or if they will recover from such hardships.

When you see your family suffer, it changes what is important to you. When once you only cared about all your meals and having a good laugh or pipeweed, you now want only to save your friends and family and get rid of what things cause them pain.

We see Merry’s enthusiasm best when he is with Eowyn on the way to Pellenor. He is training, practicing, and preparing to fight for his loved ones. His enthusiasm grows dramatically as he gets better and better and sees that he does have the potential to do good. When Theoden tells him that he cannot come to battle, it’s as if he is reliving the moment when he thought Treebeard would just take him home. Only this time he doesn’t have Pippin to say something clever to help him. He realizes how much he needs Pippin in his life only to feel like he will never see him again.

Eowyn becomes his next tender mercy. When he feels like no one will take him with them to fight, Eowyn sweeps in to give him his chance.

Through Merry’s characterization, we can see that we do have a chance to help our loved ones. We may feel like there is no way we can do anything for them. What can I do to stop someone from using drugs or alcohol? I can’t just tell them to stop or take it from them. I have no control over their choices. While some of that is true, we still have the power to be an influence and example in their lives. They know what they are doing is not right, but without you by their side, they might never stop or get better. Simply being there for them can do a lot. We just have to support them and help them when they ask for it.

Even though it isn’t likely for someone who is struggling to ask for help, we can still do something. Maybe drop a comment here and there. Mention little things that touch lightly on the subject and try to spark a conversation that will get them realizing they need help or asking for help. It is never too late.

Merry shows us that we should want what’s best for our family, biological or otherwise. There is always something we can do. We can’t give up on them. And even when we feel like it’s over, God will help us get back on the saddle. He will provide those tender mercies that will keep us going. And we will never have to worry about waiting on the edge of a battle we can’t escape.

Haldir: The Under-appreciated Elf

Haldir is by far one of my favorite characters in the Lord of the Rings. (And Craig Parker who plays him is a nice guy too! Thank you Salt Lake Comic Con! 😉 ) He doesn’t play a very big role, but he is very important character in some ways.

Haldir, if you don’t know, is the elf whom the fellowship first meet when they stumble on Lothlorien. He is the one with the famous line, “the dwarf breathes so loud we could have shot him in the dark.”

The most important scene Haldir is in is the battle at Helms Deep. Everyone thinks they aren’t going to make it out, but then the elves show up. Haldir nobly helps the men, whose lives are almost irrelevant compared to his. He did not have to do that at all. Even worse (*spoilers* for those who haven’t watched), it ends in his death.

The best/worst scene of his is the death scene. Good as in the symbolism and acting, bad as in depressing! Anyway, when Haldir is hit in the back by an orc, he starts to realize what is happening. He sees all the dead elves around him, his friends and relatives. He realizes that death isn’t impossible for him. Just because he can live forever, doesn’t mean he can’t be killed. He feels death slowly encompassing him, it makes the watcher realize how close death is for all these important characters. Death can come to anyone, being a main character doesn’t save you from it.

This scene is much like the scene with Legolas, just less subtle. It is another motivating death, like Gandalf’s and Boromirs. It is not meant for the watcher to put themselves in his place, but in the place of all those who see the death and are motivated to fight harder for him. Death shouldn’t cause us to give up, but to fight harder.

The one that ends up with Haldir dying in his arms is Aragorn. Aragorn tends to be the one witnessing the death of those he loves. Since he is the Christ-like character in the situation, he is the one he is saddened by the brutal death of those he cares for, like how Christ loves all his spirit brothers and sisters. Aragorn sees death happen to Elves and Men, this shows how Christ loves us no matter our background, no matter our race. Haldir is a supporting character meant to strengthen Aragorn’s character. While also motivating us specifically.

Peregrin Took: The Childish Cousin

We all have to admit it, Pippin is one of the best characters on The Lord of the Rings trilogy! Most of the time, he is the comic relief (and not the kind that pushes old ladies and scrambles for gold…I’m looking at you Alfrid..).

There are several instances when Pippin acts as the “class clown,” if you will. He dances on tables, singing about one of the Hobbits’ favorite pastimes, unintentionally cracks jokes about food and other things, and is overall a hilarious character!

When The Lord of the Rings starts off, Pippin is just as happy as can be. Doing everything he has ever done. That instant when he falls on top of Frodo in farmer Maggot’s crops changes the course of Pippin’s life, but he hasn’t realized it yet.

Imagine, you are living your life just as you always have, when suddenly, you are essentially kicked out your front door and forced to run off on a journey you don’t know when it will end. Only, Pippin doesn’t seem all that worried. He seems to think that, once they get where they are going, he can run right back home and goof off some more. He just follows Merry.

When Frodo offers to take the ring to Mordor, Pippin is simply hiding in the bushes because Merry wanted to spy. Pippin doesn’t seem to know what is going on. Hence the line, “You’ll need people of intelligence on this mission…quest…thing … right, where are we going?” He could be compared to the type of person who just “goes with the flow.” The innocent mind. The child without flaw nor worry.

Throughout a lot of the story, Pippin is just doing what he is told, following the fellowship, playing around. It’s not until Moria that he gets a hint of a clue. When goblins attack and Gandalf falls to his death, things suddenly become real. Bad things aren’t a distant issue left to the strong anymore. Pippin cries. Things look horrible, he isn’t even sure where he is going and when he will return. He realizes this then more than ever.

After the tears are shed, it’s almost as if things are back to normal. Life goes on. He is still sad about Gandalf’s death, but he leaves it in his mind as a painful memory, and just that. This is much like us and our thoughts of Christ. We appreciate his sacrifice for us and are sad it had to happen, but it doesn’t seem to affect us in everyday activities.

At Amon Hen, Merry and Pippin see Frodo, trying to leave. Merry understands what Frodo has to do, but Pippin doesn’t. Once Merry starts shouting at the orcs, trying to get them to follow them instead of Frodo, Pippin, again, treats it like a game. He goes back to his ignorant bliss. Once Boromir is being shot at by orcs, Pippin starts to realize that it is no longer a game. He tries to help save Boromir, and he fails. He sees Boromir die right in front of him. It is different from Gandalf’s death, Gandalf just seemed to fall out of Pippin’s life, Boromir was cruelly ripped from Pippin’s grasp, in a sense. Much like death in our daily lives is much different from the death of Christ.

And to make it worse, the orcs succeed. They take Merry and Pippin, and Pippin is terrified, not sure why it is happening.

Along the Uruk ride, Pippin is more terrified than he has ever been in his life. He sees Merry, head drooping as if he, too, is dead. Pippin begs for medicine to help him, much like we beg for something to cure us of all types of things. It isn’t until after the orc draught is rudely poured down Merry’s throat that Pippin realizes that’s not how it works. You can’t wish away the bad. You can’t sit around, hoping that someday things will get better. This is when Pippin does the only thing he can, he drops his leaf broach to be found if anyone is looking for them. He takes matters into his own hands and tries to do something about his situation.

Now lets jump to Fangorn Forest. This is where Pippin discovers that Gandalf is not dead. At this moment, Pippin is still wary of the evil that is going on. Finally, he realizes that those orcs are not the end of all the bad. Merry is there trying to convince the Ents to help them fight, and Pippin is just as ignorant as ever. He doesn’t quite understand that the war is still going, and only a battle has been won.

When Pippin finally realizes that there is something happening with Sauruman, he attempts to convince Treebeard to take them to where they can help. He doesn’t even realize himself how horrible Sauruman is. Seeing all the dead trees, Pippin also understands what Sauruman has become.

Who can forget Pippin’s encounter with the Pallentir?

Almost every character in the Lord of the Rings encounters some form of temptation, and all of them handle it in different ways. For Pippin, the Pallentir is simply an object of awe. He sees something magical and wants to know more. It’s much like any temptation any of us has that is based on curiosity. With reasons like, “I wonder what it’s like.” or “I just want to look at it.” Pippin uses the latter. That moment, when he looks into the Pallentir, Pippin has changed the course of his life with a single look.

Unknowingly, Pippin did something that caused even more hardship for, not only himself, but Gandalf as well. Much like we do with Christ. We sin, we experience pain, we repent, and all of it affects Christ. Each sin we commit adds to Christ’s pain, whether we realize it or not. When we do something wrong, we also unknowingly cause hardship and inconvenience in Christ’s life.

When Pippin has to leave Merry behind, things really become real for Pippin. Merry had always been there, telling Pippin what to do, protecting him, guiding him, doing everything for Pippin that he didn’t even try to comprehend for himself. You could say it’s much like leaning on the faith of another. For instance, our parents may know the Christ lived or know that there is a God, and we may simply believe just because they do. Once Pippin is left alone, out in the world by himself, he has to create his own faith. He has to learn and grow on his own, with no one to do it for him.

Once this finally sinks in for Pippin, he realizes that there is no going home, at least, not until the war is won. Again, he realizes that he has the power to do something. Upon meeting the father of his dear protector, Boromir, Pippin feels almost responsible. He knows that he couldn’t have done anything to save Boromir, but he can do something for his father. Several events occur during Pippin’s time in Minas Tirith that, one by one, cause him to realize who he is and what is really happening in the world.

Seeing Faramir walk into his death, Pippin feels all the pain of loss again. Almost as if Boromir has died again in front of him. With his new understanding of reality, he knows that Faramir is as good as dead. Seeing Denethor send his own son to death, without a care in the world, Pippin is horrified. This adds to Pippin’s new realization of what the world is like.

When you look at it, Pippin is symbolic of growing into adulthood. He starts off, almost like a child, not understanding what is happening in the world. He grows up, he learns, but he doesn’t understand the world. Then he experiences that one event that makes him realize he isn’t a kid anymore. Slowly, he learns more and more, sees more and more of the world, and realizes that it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Many of us have experienced the exact same thing. Where we almost lose hope for humanity.

When Denethor almost kills his own son, Pippin tries his hardest to prevent it. When he finally realizes that he can’t do it alone, he goes to the only other person that can help, Gandalf. Just like in life again. We often go through trials and hardships, thinking that there is no way we can make it through. We may find ourselves trying so hard to help someone, and realize that we just aren’t strong enough to do it. That is when we turn to Christ, we ask for help and know that He will be there to help us when we need him. It is a beautiful relationship. Christ will always help us, he will always be there for us when we need him, we just simply have to ask.

Pippin is an amazing character. He represents so much in us. If we just reach out, search, and try to learn, we can become the greatest hero in our own way. We will all reach a point where there won’t be someone else providing for us, and we will have to learn to take care of ourselves while still including Christ in our daily lives. We have to ask him for the help we need and we need to be able to tell the difference. We can all figure it out, just like Pippin.

Samwise Gamgee: The Ultimate Best Friend

Admit it, we all wish we knew a real life Sam Gamgee. Sam was the one to always be at Frodo’s side. He never, EVER, gave up on him. Even when Frodo asked him to do the one thing he promised he never would, he still obeyed his friend. The one he saw as his leader.

Sam represents that one person in your life that would do anything for you. The moment he heard that Frodo would go on a perilous adventure, that chances of death were high, he jumped at the chance to stay at his side and help him to the best of his abilities.

What most people don’t know, is that Sam really was eavesdropping on Gandalf and Frodo’s conversation. In the book, Merry saw Bilbo use the ring, and formed a sort of conspiracy theorist group. Sam did not hesitate to believe Merry, based on all the things that fit together from Bilbo’s stories, that now made sense. Sam went to Bilbo’s house to figure out what the ring was, to see what was going on with him. Instead, he heard his master discussing the very thing he was investigating.

No matter what happened on the perilous journey, Sam stayed. He provided for Frodo. Worried about him. Always had his best interest in mind. You really could never have a better friend. Sam shows us that we never have to go through anything alone. It is our choice if we going through something by ourselves. We can choose to have someone by our side. The true friends will never leave us, but that doesn’t mean we can take them for granted. Appreciate them while you have them.