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Denise Burkhard

Ancient Dwarf Kingdom or the Hoard of a Fiery Dragon?, page 1 - 8

J.R.R. Tolkien's Erebor as a Transformed and Dynamic Place

1. Edition 2017, ISBN print: 978-3-8288-3975-5, ISBN online: 978-3-8288-6774-1, https://doi.org/10.5771/9783828867741-1

Tectum, Baden-Baden
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Denise Burkhard Ancient Dwarf Kingdom or the Hoard of a Fiery Dragon? Denise Burkhard Ancient Dwarf Kingdom or the Hoard of a Fiery Dragon? J. R. R. Tolkien’s Erebor as a Transformed and Dynamic Place Tectum Verlag Denise Burkhard Ancient Dwarf Kingdom or the Hoard of a Fiery Dragon? J. R. R. Tolkien’s Erebor as a Transformed and Dynamic Place © Tectum – ein Verlag in der Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden 2017 eISBN 978-3-8288-6774-1 (Dieser Titel ist zugleich als gedrucktes Werk unter der ISBN 978-3-8288-3975-5 im Tectum Verlag erschienen.) Umschlaggestaltung: Tectum Verlag, unter Verwendung des Bildes # 279005717 von Bon Appetit | www.shutterstock.com Besuchen Sie uns im Internet www.tectum-verlag.de Bibliografische Informationen der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek verzeichnet diese Publikation in der Deutschen Nationalbibliografie; detaillierte bibliografische Angaben sind im Internet über http://dnb.ddb.de abrufbar. “‘ ’” A Brief Introduction to the Depiction of Dwarves in Tolkien’s Peter Jackson’s Visual Creation of Erebor ’ A Brief Introduction to Tolkien’s Dragons The Dwarves’ Antagonist: Smaug Eerie, Creepy and Dangerous: The Dragon’s Lair son’s Visual Destruction and Reshaping of Erebor Appendix: ‘Song of the Lonely Mountain’ “Part I: Approaching the Spatial Dimension”

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Abstract

In J. R. R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” (1937), Erebor is both the ancient home of the dwarves, which has been conquered and is now occupied by the dragon Smaug, and the destination of the quest of thirteen dwarves and a hobbit, who aim at regaining Erebor from the claws of the dragon. On their way to the mountain, the dwarves constantly remember the old days in which their ancestors mined and crafted beautiful objects inside the walls of Erebor. Their thoughts are, however, frequently overshadowed by concerns about Smaug, who transformed the dwarf kingdom into a dragon hoard and is now sleeping on the gold.

Denise Burkhard delves into Tolkien’s children’s novel and Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy (2012–2014) and explores the depiction of Erebor. The analysis focuses on the dwarves’ reconstruction of the old kingdom, the ideas of home and belonging in the context of the dwarves’ diasporic situation as well as on the destruction and the reshaping(s) of the mountain. The adverse depictions of Erebor as dwarf kingdom and dragon hoard are examined by having a closer look at the dwarves, the sinister dragon and the enormous hoard in the novel as well as in Peter Jackson’s audio-visual interpretations.