The Hobbit : thoughts on Nationalism
A) Based on The Hobbit I believe that Tolkien is a complete believer in nationalism. He shows this very strongly in the part of the hobbit where bilbo gives the Arkenstone to the opposing side and then goes back to his friends (his country) proving his strong belief in nationalism. Tolkien is trying to show that he thinks that the war is a gory devastating sight to lay eyes on. Also that it was a very important war as he shows by making it the climax of the story. The devastating sight was shown through the book by him making and somewhat exaggerating the amount of gore involved in any war and therefore showing his hatred to the blood shed and the lives lost in this history changing war.