Beowulf And The Hobbit Analysis

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The poem “Beowulf” and “The Hobbit” by John Tolkien both talk about a hero in terms of his physical, emotional and public being that can be identified to be different. Although the idea of how they define a hero is similar, both writings have similarities of heroism, killing a dragon and creatures that are unordinary to the human eye.
Heroism can be seen in “Beowulf” from the protagonist Beowulf, his bravery is shown by him killing nine sea monsters in the ocean by himself. Beowulf is brave and noble in his battles, fought without fear and struggle while clashing with monsters bigger than his size. He had pride that was unpredictable to the old and wise (Beowulf). Beowulf says:
“To tell us about Brecca’s doings. But the truth Is simple: no man swims in the sea As I can, no strength is a match for mine. As boys, Brecca and I had boasted— We were both too young to know better—that we’d risk” (Beowulf 8.532-537)
Moreover, in “The Hobbit”, a character named Bilbo Baggins also shows his bravery by going to a Dragon’s lair by himself leaving his accompanying dwarves behind in a safe place. A place not to be seen or touched by the dragon (The Hobbit). However, a dwarf named Balin accompanied him to the mountain but went ways with him when entering the lair. In “The Hobbit” it says, “After a while Balin bade Bilbo “Good luck!” and stopped where he could still see the faint outline of the door” (The Hobbit 342). There are monsters in both stories that are described to be
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