The hobbit

I have recently watched the hobbit. Now Tolkien would have been well acquainted with Homer and the battle scenes may owe something to the Iliad although many times removed. In one scene, probably not in the original hobbit, the dwarfs kneel on the ground forming a defensive wall with their shields, which is what the Greek warriors did in the passage below.

If the films were all that survived, I can imagine future Hobbit scholars writing theses on the films and putting forward theories that someone wrote the original story but a later person expanded the story. They would build their careers putting forward their views on the Hobbitian question and identifying interpolations.

ὣς ἔφατ᾽ Εὐρύπυλος βεβλημένος: οἳ δὲ παρ᾽ αὐτὸν
πλησίοι ἔστησαν σάκε᾽ ὤμοισι κλίναντες
δούρατ᾽ ἀνασχόμενοι:

So spoke the wounded Eurypylos. And the men took up position near him (kneeling) leaning their shields on their shoulders and holding up their spears.

Iliad 11.592

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