Nebraska College Preparatory Academy


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Senior Capstone Project Poster, Nebraska College Preparatory Academy/Grand Island Senior High 2016. University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Copyright © 2016 Dylan Spilinek


The goal of this research project was to analyze literature to understand the time period the piece was written in. J. R. R. Tolkien claimed that his children’s story, The Hobbit, held no historical allegories that related to his time period. However, analyzing The Hobbit shows how Tolkien’s personal life held many areas that influenced his writing, and those who read his tales.

Tolkien was inspired by Beowulf’s epic hero plot and Christian beliefs as seen by his character, ideologies and symbolic objects, and by his naturalistic mindset reflected by the story’s species relations and underlying themes. This childhood fantasy does provide its own evidence for this throughout its telling, compelling the reader to analyze literature further. Other areas of investigation include: The Hobbit movies’ impact, Tolkien’s personal impact, and other children stories’ impact in history.