Student Theses

Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)





First Advisor

Clifford Mak

Second Advisor

Sawyer Kemp


J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy and their adaptations all reveal the importance of friendship and fandom. Utilizing theorists Walter Benjamin and Henry Jenkins the friendship theme is seen in the various stylistic elements in the films and novels; additionally, a look into the fandom presence on social media, their knowledge, and merchandise reveals why the stories have continued to interest audiences over many generations.



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