Figurative Language in The Hobbit

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'The Hobbit' by J.R.R. Tolkien tells the tale of a wizard, a hobbit, and dwarves on their way to fight a dragon and regain their fortune. In this lesson, we will examine the use of figurative language in the story.

Fantasy Adventure

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is a fantasy about a wizard, Gandalf, who invites a Hobbit, Bilbo, to join him and a pack of dwarves on an expedition to the Lonely Mountain to confront Smaug, the dragon, and reclaim their treasure. Throughout their adventure, colorful word choices are selected to help the reader develop visualizations of this imaginary world. The use of expressions, comparisons, and select language is called figurative language. Let's look at some examples of figurative language from this novel.

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