Within J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Tolkien uses the character of Bilbo Baggins to reveal to the reader the constant struggle between heroic and anti-heroic qualities within Bilbo and ourselves.
As the protagonist in the tale, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, must risk his life when an unexpected journey knocks on the door of his hobbit hole. His thoughts and actions become the center of the novel. Surrounded by a troop of stubborn dwarves eager to regain their homeland, Bilbo must become a hero for his self, or remain an accidental follower. Even as the dwarves become overcome with greed, Bilbo maintains his common sense and develops courage when he returns a hero.
Bilbo Baggins is the main character in The Hobbit, who has the characteristics of an epic hero. His heroism is “in his wit, not his might” (Glenn). Bilbo undertakes a long journey outside of his comfort zone. He was approached by Gandalf, the wizard, to go on an adventure to help the dwarves find treasure. When Bilbo agrees to join Thorin and company, he took on the job of becoming a burglar. Bilbo shows his burglary skills when he steals the sword from the trolls. Bilbo shows his bravery when he encounters the goblins, wargs, troll...
Every hero changes and grows in a story. Bilbo is no exception. In the very beginning of “The Hobbit”, Bilbo is just like any other hobbit, quiet and comfortable in his little hobbit hole. He prefers to stay out of trouble and never leave the comfort of his home. This is the beginning of his ‘Hero’s Journey’. The Hero’s Journey is an idea that every hero in every story follows. This shows the change and growth in a hero. The steps of the Hero’s Journey includes the call to adventure, the journey through the treacherous lands, the trials and problems the hero has to solve, and defeating the main enemy and receiving his reward. Throughout Bilbo’s journey, he grows and changes. From going on the adventure itself, riddling with Gollum,
The novel of The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who lives in the town of Hobbiton. He lives a subdued, quiet life in his sophisticated home. Until one day, a knock on his door from the wizard, Gandalf, changes everything. Gandalf invites himself to tea and arrives with 13 dwarves, led by their leader, Thorin. They plan a voyage to recover treasure stolen from the dwarves by, Smaug, the dragon who now protects the loot inside of the Lonely Mountain. Gandalf claims Bilbo should fill the role of their burglar, for he is small and intelligent.
The fight with Smaug was not a fight at all, however, the dwarves and Bilbo fought on their journey to Smaug. In the novel, The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien indicates that one self cannot achieve anything without training or working for it. Anything is possible, but to accomplish the goal or dream, they must work for it to happen. In the book, Bilbo sets out on a quest with thirteen militant dwarves to reclaim their kingdom, retrieve back the gold that was kept inside the palace, and defeat Smaug who had seized everything from them. Along the way, Bilbo found a magical ring that could turn its wearer invisible, which was a very useful technique for rescuing the dwarves whenever they were caught. They managed to pass many obstacles and met different
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien is a novel that shows a journey with a hobbit, Bilbo, and dwarves that try reclaim their kingdom that a dragon took from then a long. Over the journey, Bilbo changed from soft and timid to be a charter of wisdom and courage. Bilbo has developed through the story because of key events and these key events.
'You approach the Ranger that Butterbur called Strider. He looks to be middle-aged. He wears a tattered green hooded cloak and muddy boots. "Ah, greetings traveller!" he exclaims. He removes his hood, revealing a head of dark hair on the verge of greying. You eye him suspiciously. "Would you like to hear the tale of a Master Storyteller from another Age?" You nod, glancing around the room again. “Good. I have not told this one in a long time. The story involves one John Ronald Reuel Tolkien..."' ("...Trail")
Perseverance is a skill that takes a long time to develop. In J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Bilbo is the one who gains this skill over the course of the book. He undergoes many struggles along the way, including giant spiders, and armored dragons. These test his loyalty to his group, as well as to the cause. The cause being to take back the mountain stronghold that the dwarves lost long ago. Seeing their journey, one theme is evident. Bilbo Baggins' motivation to continue to the stronghold in the mountains changed from annoyed to driven over the course of his travels.
This type of courage is shown by Bilbo as he accepts and departs on his adventure. The hobbits of Bilbo’s town frowned upon adventures and considered them to be dangerous and wasteful, yet Bilbo went on one because he thought it was right, thereby showing Bilbo’s courageous nature as he defied the status quo and society’s slander, thus making him an admirable character to many of today’s people as they do not have the courage to defy their status