Examine the three themes of luck, magic, and greed in Tolken's book. What do you think Tolken is saying about these themes? what chief examples from his story supports your thesis? Explore ways in which these themes inform our reading of the book. In other words, how do these themes serve to make his story more entertaining and enlightening? Finally, how would you describe the function of these themes to someone who has not yet read the book? Develop your ideas with specific examples from the book by quoting, paraphrasing or summarizing as needed to support your most important claims.