The book, not the movie (which I haven't seen). A few things struck me as I was considering The Hobbit the other day. It was a major contributor to the creation of the fantasy genre, but so many of the books that followed it seem to disregard some of its major themes. To whit: 1. The hero is an Everyman, well over his head, and to the extent he succeeds it is through luck, bravery and perseverance rather than epic skillz, raw talent or superhuman powers. For that matter, the hero doesn't even defeat the Big Bad (Bard does that), though he is responsible for identifying its weakness. So many fantasy novels have abandoned this idea in favor of making their MC essentially a comic book superhero/long lost royalty/the greatest wizard of the age. 2. The book is far from over after the quest succeeds. Instead, the success of the quest triggers a near war among "the good guys" as they squabble over the spoils. When was the last time a quest novel played this card? And this was a concept introduced at the genre's popular birth... The orcs, elves, dwarves, dragons, etc. were a wonderful element of The Hobbit (and heavily copied) but in my mind they are just stage setting for the story of a regular man who does the best he can in difficult circumstances. The quest story is wonderful (and heavily copied) but the last part of the book exploring the consequences of the quest is even better and in modern fantasy seems to be seldom repeated. Your thoughts?