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Denise Burkhard

Ancient Dwarf Kingdom or the Hoard of a Fiery Dragon?, page 9 - 14

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/10.5771/9783828867741-9

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“‘ ’” ’ children’s novel The Hobbit, or There and Back Again “‘ ’” “the reached the ears of the dragons” quered the dwarf kingdom, dispersed the mountain’s inhabitants and converted “a bed of gold” The Hobbit ‘Erebor’ is the Sindarin (Elvish) word for ‘Lonely Mountain’ The Hobbit Tolkien explained his idiosyncratic spelling of the plural of ‘dwarf’ in a letter to the ditor of the ‘Observer’: “Grammar prescribes dwarfs dwarrows dwarves elves elf gnome goblin dwarf tions of the Old Elvish names for beings of not quite the same kinds and functions”. Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien ‘Observer’, February 1938], original emphasis. I will, thus, ad pt Tolkien’s spelling and The Return of the King that in contrast to scholars’ keen interest in language in Tolkien’s writings “there is comparatively little critical interest in the role of is fiction”, and encourages the analysis of the depiction of landscape by o serving that “Tolkien was acutely aware of the significance of topography, and the wealth to this awareness”. Jane Suzanne Carroll. “A Topoa ”, comes to life in the dwarves’ memories, as a dragon’s hoard, I assume that “the fantasy ‘other’ world structures and mai a ” in his lecture “On Fairy Stories” that the secondary world, ‘Faëri ’, “contains many things besides elves and fays, and besides dwarfs, witches, earth, and all things that are in it” respect to Tolkien’s writings, Liam Campbell notices a striking emphasis on … Tolkien’s world The aim of ‘Part I: Approaching the Spatial Dimension’ ‘home’ in children’s literature. This discussion will be based on the “in intertwined” the term ‘diaspora’ in “is ” “can A View from Elsewhere The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien. “Tree and Leaf.”, 38. “Nature.”, 431. Spaces and Places in Motion Place and Experience Postcolonial Literatures in English refer to ‘any body of people liv ’” “I do think of the ‘Dwarves’ like Jews: at once native and alien in their habitations, vate tongue” Tolkien’s statement company are caught in a ‘diasporic state’ out of which they his ‘diasporic state’ nently in Tolkien’s The Hobbit. ‘ ’ ‘Part III: The Dragon’s Hoard’ on the depiction of Erebor in Tolkien’s The Hobbit and in Peter Jackson’s ada The Hobbit – An Unexpected Journey The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug The Hobbit – The Battle of the Five Armies their origins in Tolkien’s world in the chapter “ piction of Dwarves in Tolkien’s Wri ” the dwarves’ ‘ ’ – – song’s importance by stating that it is “[t]he best Postcolonial Literature Shorter Oxford Dictionary Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Beginning Postcolonialism context and suggests that they are almost inseparable: “It is of course pos memory more generally”. Postcolonial Nostalgias This comparative approach seems to be particularly promising, because “[t]he setting of The Hobbit ” P. Riga, Maureen Thum and Judith Kollmann. “From Children’s Book to Epic Prequel.”, , it is crucial to acknowledge that “[t]he narrative may not be written from a side”, which makes it possible to assess the dwarves’ story. Gerard Hynes. “From Nauglath to Durin’s Folk.”, 25. roduction that we get to the dwarves” dwarves’ Jackson’s the stone’s “Heart of the Mountain” analyse the visual creation of Erebor in Jackson’s An Unexpected Journey Tolkien’s story The Hobbit Thror’s throne ‘built’ an entire city within the Lonely Mountain that ‘ Dragon’s Hoard’ with the kingdom’s destru h the dwarves’ fiery antagonist ’ characteristics in Tolkien’s writings “A Brief Introduction to Tolkien’s Dragons” ‘ ’, which deals not only with the dragon’s attack but Erebor’s ‘the Golden’ – ‘ ’ the mountain’s ‘ ’ ‘ ’ in both Tolkien’s novel Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Exploring The Hobbit Ármann Jakobsson. “Talk to the Dragon.”, 27 Emily Midkiff. “Uncanny Dragons.”,

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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.