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J.R.R. Tolkien was at the Order-Based Terrain (Square) and therefore his stories are all written from the Square point of view. His heroes tend to be simple, everyday folk at Square who are pitted unwillingly against giant forces of evil at the Will-Based Terrain (Pyramid). This is seen clearly in the hero of 'The Hobbit', Bilbo Baggins, and in the heroes of 'The Lord of the Rings', Sam and Frodo, all unassuming ordinary folk living traditional family-oriented lives at Square before they get caught up in the throes of the story.
People at Square value home, family and stability in contrast to the wealth and power craved by those at Pyramid. They seek to contribute meaningfully to their society and to be upstanding citizens. They set aside their own selfish desires in order to be part of a greater common good. People at this Terrain can often have very extreme views of people at Pyramid, who are driven by the needs of their own ego.
The Pyramid characters in Tolkien's novels tend to be painted as power-hungry megalomaniacs with an insatiable drive to conquer the world, such as Sauron and Saruman in 'The Lord Of The Rings' and the Dragon in The Hobbitt. The character of Thorin Oakenshield in 'The Hobbit' is a more interesting example of a character at Pyramid, for he is not actually stationary at that Terrain, but is on the move to Square.
Thorin Oakenshield undertakes the epic journey from Pyramid to Square, seen only rarely in books and movies. Over the course of the story, he comes to eventually see the destruction that has been wrought by his obsession with power, and he looks back at his actions with a dawning horror, as if he is waking form a dream. He starts to put the needs of his people ahead of his own urge for power.
One of the most powerful moments in both the novel and the movie version of 'The Hobbit' comes when Thorin lies dying in Bilbo's arms and finally crosses the event horizon into Square. The shift is completed as he utters his dying words:
～ by Tahnee Woolf ～
co-creator of the Ten Terrains Of Consciousness
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