The Hobbit

This story is mainly told by a Third-Person narrator. The narrator is recording the actions of the story, but occasionally the narrator or author breaks away from the story to speak directly to the reader.

Find an example of Tolkein doing this.

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An example of the narrator speaking directly to the reader can be found on Page 44. It is here that the narrator injects his own opinion, as he believes Bilbo didn't act as quickly as the situation warranted (Bilbo hesitates in admonishing the trolls for their behavior).

"Bilbo ought to have done something at once"


The Hobbit