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T.A. 3018: The Company of the Ring stays in Rivendell preparing for the journey ahead.
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The Quest for the Empirical Hobbit:
A Comparative Study of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Leif Jacobsen


To the future Mrs Leif Jacobsen,
whomever that might be,
as a precaution, but also (hopefully),
because I love you

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments; love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove.
Oh no, it is an ever-fixd mark,
that looks on tempests, and is never shaken.
(William Shakespeare)

I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago,
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.

But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door.

(J.R.R. Tolkien)


TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

ON HOBBITS AND QUESTS

AGON - THE CONFLICT
Part I: The Fellowship
Part II: On our own

PATHOS - THE DEATH-STRUGGLE

ANAGNORISIS - THE RECOGNITION

CONCLUSION

WORKS CITED

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS


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