Beowulf In The Hobbit: A True Hero

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“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart” -Hercules. In the book The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins had to make many decisions, which could be considered to be heroic, but he isn’t necessarily considered to be a hero because of his physical strength. What does it mean to be a hero? In the book Beowulf, many considered Beowulf to be a hero because of his strong, and prideful personality, and his large, and mighty size. Bilbo on the other hand was quiet and generous, and he was also only three feet tall, which made people question his bravery, and strength. Bilbo’s heroic qualities couldn’t always be easily notices, but were definitely always there. Through many of his experiences his bravery, kindness, and gentleness shines. Although different than those of Beowulf, the traits that Bilbo possesses are just as important. Bilbo was brave. In the beginning of the book, Bilbo was challenged with the decision of following in his family’s footsteps, or to go on a quest and fulfill his need for adventure. Although he was nervous he chose to be brave and agreed to go on the journey, to slay a dragon (28). Bilbo showed his courage in another situation in which he risked his life to free the dwarves. He devised a great plan in which he stole the keys from a guard and released the dwarves. (138). As a result of his heroic actions, Bilbo was gifted a sword which only increased his bravery. Soon after receiving his sword, Bilbo revealed strength
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