The Hobbit Themes Essay

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Cooper Soulak Mrs. Mucha British Literature May 6, 2015 Themes In The Hobbit Throughout The Hobbit by J.R.R tolkien, themes are portrayed and are necessary for the story line. The three main themes in the novel are the prevalence of greed, how Bilbo changes throughout the story and transforms into a hero and the conflict between good and evil. Greed can change anybody, no matter how heroic or brave they are. In the beginning bilbo is portrayed as quiet hobbit that likes to stay home but that all changes with a knock on the door. The first major theme in The Hobbit is greed. Greed is represented as evil, it doesn 't matter how big of a hero someone is or how great someone is anyone can fall victim to it. Tolkien illustrates the powerful effect…show more content…
He remains good hearted throughout the story. At the beginning of the novel Bilbo is neither an adventurous nor brave hobbit. He prefers to stay in his hobbit hole and keep to himself, he is scared of the outside world. When Gandalf comes and says “he is looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it 's very difficult to find anyone.” he immediately shoots the offer down saying “I should think so — in these parts! We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things!”(9). Gandalf though saw Bilbo and knew that there was something special inside of him. So, he pushed him out the door where Bilbo would be able to grow. Although Bilbo refuses at first he builds up the courage. Thorin Oakenshield saw Bilbo as small and worthless. Bilbo, at the time, agreed with him. Eventually Bilbo saved his life and Thorin became family to him. Throughout Bilbo 's adventure he goes from being unheroic to courageous and heroic. One example is when he fight off the Great Spider to save the dwarves with the sword he names sting and says that he feels more confident and fierce, from there on he progresses to become stronger and at the end Gandalf says to Bilbo,"Something is the matter with you! You are not the hobbit that you were."(203). From that you can tell that Gandalf has seen the changes, most of the changes come from the ways he saves…show more content…
In Tolkien 's story, good will always win over evil. The first evil that Bilbo and the dwarves come across is the trolls. The dwarves and Bilbo are caught and put into sacks. Gandalf comes and starts a fight between the trolls about how to cook the dwarves and Bilbo. Gandalf keeps them fighting until daybreak and the sun turns the trolls into stone. The adventure from now on would get more dangerous by the minute. There “are no safe paths in this part of the world. Remember you are over the Edge of the Wild now, and in for all sorts of fun wherever you go.”(98). Another enemy of the dwarves is goblins. The fight with the goblins is the second adventure in the story. While traveling in the Misty Mountains, they are captured by the goblins. Everyone is captured and carried through the tunnels into the heart of the mountain. Gandalf like always manages to stay uncaptured. Gandalf again comes to the rescue by killing the Great Goblin. For a second time, the forces of evil are destroyed by the good doings of Gandalf and the dwarves. It is Bilbo 's third adventure, however, that proves that good will overcome evil. Smaug is where Bilbo 's full glory was revealed. He stands in front of the beast and talks with it. Anyone else wouldn 't hesitate to run for their lives. Smaug smells the dwarves and tries to kill all of the dwarves when he figures out what they are doing. The battle between good and evil

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