Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2019

Department 1

First Year Seminar


The Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkien, tells the story of the titular Bilbo Baggins who goes on an adventure to help a band of dwarves retake their home from a dragon. Throughout the adventure, Bilbo and the dwarves endure many hardships similar to those of a British soldier fighting on the western front in the First World War. These hardships are especially comparable to Llewelyn Wyn Griffith's World War One experience described in his book Up to Mametz. Military themes of enforced adventure, constant and escalating danger, comradeship, and the devastation of war can also be found in both the Hobbit and Up to Mametz.


Student research paper written for FYS 191-4: Through the War-drobe: The Words and Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

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