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Comparing and contrasting the novels The Hobbit and The Sword of Shannara as the reveal the conventions of a middle-earth fantasy novel The two novels The Sword of Shannara and The Hobbit are traditional earth fantasy novels In both books characters encounter the forces of good and evil The central heroes travel on great and dangerous paths to experience difficult situations Magic plays a large role in both novels and saves the characters several times which makes the story more exciting The first novel is essentially a tale of good versus evil where as the former revolves around human nature The element of adventure in both novels shows how characters find power within themselves not in others The novels The Sword of Shannara and The Hobbit are similar in that they both travel on an epic quest The journey shows readers how the Hobbit and Shea increase their experiences through this adventure They both gain endurance bravery appreciation of their lives and many other valuable experiences which make them wiser Shea is tested more severely than any one of his companions When an earthquake strips him of everyone and everything he has relied on Shea is suddenly left to his own devices He reacts bravely when captured by Skull creatures and saves his Troll friends using the stones Brooks 359 The magical stones have helped him more then once on his mission but it was his strength and courage that triumphs He learns the responsibility of manhood by conquering his fears and becoming a hero Because he has failed to know himself Shea failed to recognize the Sword of Shannara when it was in his grasp After the Gnome absconds with the sword Shea learns his responsibility and trusts his fate When he enters Boronas he is ready to draw the sword and face the Warlock Lord However the nature of the swords magic prves to be unexpected The Sword
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