Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Academic Program

English BA



First Advisor

Jameela Lares, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Matthew Casey, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Sabine Heinhorst, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

English; History


Tolkien is argued by many to be the author of the century, a legend, and the kickstart to the fantasy genre. Despite these claims, there is very little research done about the song lyrics in his works, especially not in The Hobbit. I have analyzed how the song lyrics show the relationship with time and history of each race—dwarves, elves, hobbits, and goblins—and how their values are shown through their lyrics.

Keywords: Tolkien, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Songs, Music, Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, Goblins, Values