I re-read the books after FotR came out. Last time I read them was in High School, so I had forgotten nearly everything except the really major plot points. Was pretty cool to be surprised by the books again. I definitely think the books become more sure-footed as they go on.
I'm not sure if there's an official explanation for them, other than to grant a more epic feel to the book. I'd usually bleep over them if I found them dragging on. For all his gifts, I don't think Tolkien was a terribly good poet.Originally posted by wonderfly
What's with all the snipets of poetry and song verse?
I could be entirely wrong, but I thought he referred to them at least once in The Hobbit as Orcs (certainly in naming "Orcrist," the Elven sword Thorin ends up with). I also remember something somewhere stating that the two terms were basically interchangable, although I don't remember if that's in the books or not.Question: Why does Tolkien call them "Goblins" in The Hobbit, and "Orcs" in LOTR's?
I can think of a few possible explanations for this:Also, are the trolls in The Hobbit, and the Trolls seen in LOTR's the same? The Trolls in The Hobbit talk, and turn to stone at daylight. The Cave Troll seen in the movie was just a big brute, (though that scene rocked), and he didn't seem capable of speech.
1. There could be many varieties of troll, some smarter than others.
2. Even if they were the same race, individual trolls could have varying levels of intelligence -- maybe the ones in The Hobbit were exceptionally smart, or the one in FotR was exceptionally dumb.
3. The scene didn't really call for much speech from the troll, so maybe he could talk, but just didn't.
4. The excessive stupidity of the troll really seemed to be a creation of the movie -- I don't remember anything in FotR to suggest that the troll was particularly stupid or non-verbal.