For part 2, I will be adding more of my own thought not discussed in part 1. So, first I would like to discuss the uncommon relationship between Gimli and Legolas. Gimli and Legolas start off as the enemies because the elves dislike the dwarves almost unnatural love of stone. The theme of evolving loyalties can be uncovered here. At first Legolas and Gimli would no doubt have left one another to an evil if one of them were taken by it. As the novel progresses, particularly in Lothlorién, they become close friends and are always together. This goes to show the difference between races, being most prominent of the “good” races in the differences of dwarves and elves. The elves love trees and despise the dwarves love of stone that led them to unleashing Durin’s Bane. The dwarves dislike the elves despising their love and the two races essentially became enemies. It was a surprise to me after my vague memories of the movies that they were not friends to begin with. I provided my evidence in my thoughts.
Now I will speak about the continued importance of lineage from The Hobbit. I saw, just as in The Hobbit the importance of lineage. This can be found in Aragorn the Ranger’s title, Aragorn, son of Arathorn, heir of Isildur. Even Frodo’s title, Frodo, son of Drogo, show the importance of lineage. Most characters titles include their fathers. A couple of exceptions would be Legolas and Gandalf the Grey. Again, I provided evidence in my thoughts.
Once more, I noticed the importance of named items. Glamdring and Ocrist are mentioned again, although the most important named weapon is Andúril, the Flame of the West. Andúril is Aragorn’s sword and is re-forged in the book, as it was Isildur’s father’s sword, broken in the fight with Sauron.
Something new that I noticed was the importance of council. In the novel, The Company seeks council after The Council of Elrond is finished. They often hold council among themselves to decide on courses of action. This, to me, demonstrates the importance of council. The Company asks for council quite a bit in the story, and the results are always of interest to the reader. It isn’t superficial, there is always a reason, but it often helps the reader understand aspects of the story or have their guesses proven correct.
I noticed the importance of loyalty in this novel. The Company is originally a group of assorted adventurers, for the most part complete strangers. As the book progresses, as with The Hobbit, the theme of “evolving loyalties” can be found. The Company can be seen transforming from a group of strangers to close friends that rely on one another, trust, and help one another.