What Has The Hobbit Taught You?
This is a difficult question for me to answer. My first thought was to say it hasn't really taught me anything I didn't already know. I'm at the time of life when I've had much happen, much of it lately sad, and I've lived to some extent the lessons The Hobbit possibly hopes to teach.
The Hobbit has brought back some memories of times past for me. I identify very closely with the dwarves and their story. For me many moments in the story have connections to my own story and my family's story. Of course, theirs is a fantasy world of dragons and orcs, and I don't mean that part of the story, but the underlying story of exile and the struggle to, as a commercial said recently "not just survive, but thrive",* and the yearning to return to a homeland that is now a distant memory, is very real, for many people.
It would have been different had I read the novel as a child, when many people have. Then possibly I could have answered this question differently, looking back on my feelings as a child and the lessons I might have learned then. I hope children reading the book after seeing the films will talk to their parents and their teachers about it.
I have learned more about Tolkien. Not only from reading the novel and how that connects to his view of the world in 1937, but from listening and reading all the interviews from the cast and the writers, and especially interviews with my favorite Tolkien Geek. Through them I've become interested in reading beyond The Hobbit. Not quite the Silmarillion yet though.
*Doesn't mean my endorsement of the company in the commercial or of drinking.