In the novel, The Hobbit by J.J. Tolkien, Bilbo Baggins as a character grows tremendously. He goes from caring about nothing besides his cakes and tea, to opening up to a whole different world outside of the Shire. As the book begins, Bilbo is put to the task of reclaiming a place known as the Lonely Mountain by a wizard named Gandalf, after such request Bilbo states “Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you”(Tolkien 4) and ultimately shows his cowardness. Throughout this journey, Bilbo changes for the best.
A wise man once said to live everyday like it’s your last, and to step out and stay out of your comfort zone. All of Bilbo’s life he lived as a boring old Baggins man, until the day that the dwarves showed up at his door and invited him on an adventure. His more so adventurous, or what he likes to call Tookish side, truly prevails in three spontaneous moments in the book which are when he attempts to pick pocket the trolls, when he plays a game of riddles with an interesting character named Gollum, and all together the fact that he went on this quest with a bunch of people he doesn’t know. In the book, The Hobbit, Bilbo and the dwarves happen to come across some very incredulous characters.
Everyone is different when they start practicing something new, something that is out of their comfort zone. Normally people do not like performing anything that involves them leaving their bubble; they just like to keep it simple. People do things that they like and what they are used to, not expected or indifferent things. One can pretty much expect what these people do because they do the same thing every day, there is no change in their life and they either do not like change or they do not like doing things that put them in a difficult position. For instance, not everyone is the same, some people are so tight in their comfort zone they are too scared to go forth and explore the rest of the world, Other people leave on an adventure then
J.R.R Tolkien uses the Hero’s archetype to give details about the character of Bilbo Baggins by characterizing him during this stage. During this stage, Bilbo Baggins is described as a brave and bold hobbit. Page 157-173 of the book displays Bilbo’s brave actions while he follows the elvenking and rescues the dwarves. In this situation, we can see that Bilbo decided to take a chance and save the dwarves. When faced with a death situation, most hobbits would hide in fear.
Mahdi Jaber Mrs. Schwartz British Literature Dec 5 2015 Heroes “Heroes represent the best of ourselves, respecting that we are human beings. A hero can be anyone from Gandhi to your classroom teacher, anyone who can show courage when faced with a problem. A hero is someone who is willing to help others in his or her best capacity (Martin).” Respectively, anyone can be a hero but heroes are classified as people with aspects including Faith, loyalty, modesty, courtesy, honor, and bravery. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a hero as “a person who is admired for great or brave acts of fine qualities.”
The book The Hobbit tells the story of an anxious little hobbit, who, throughout the story, progresses to be a hero and a leader who shows bravery and strength and earns the respect of his comrades. There are two prominent themes in this story, one being that bravery comes in all shapes and sizes, and two is that it’s good to try new things. Bilbo’s confidence and strength stem at the beginning of the story in his hobbit hole, and to the end when he and the dwarves defeat the mighty dragon Smaug. When Bilbo first shows signs of interest in joining the dwarves on their adventure, his whole world opens up. When Bilbo outsmarts Gollum, he is proud and strong.
When people go places and step out of their comfort zones, sometimes they come back a different person. In The Hobbit, Bilbo is an ordinary hobbit, but after his adventure, it is apparent that Bilbo is now a hero. Three events that occur that show this transformation are when Bilbo jumps over Gollum, when Bilbo slays a spider, and when Bilbo travels to the Elvenking and Bard in order to make peace. The moment Bilbo leaps over Gollum demonstrates to the reader how Bilbo is beginning to go from hobbit to hero.
Bilbo never wanted part in the adventure, he could care less about the gold and just wanted to stay home " 'We don 't want any adventures here, thank you! You might try over The Hill or across The Water. ' By this he meant that the conversation was at an end." () His motivation for accompanying them was that he wanted to prove himself to the dwarves. Ever since the first chapter, Bilbo 's abilities had been underestimated by the dwarves because he was a Hobbit and looked " '…more like a grocer than a burglar! ' "
J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is commonly seen only as a novel about a hobbit who aids in the recovery of 13 dwarves’ stolen treasure. The group adventures to the Lonely Mountain to battle a dragon and restore the dwarves to their kingdom. But, when analyzed in a deeper sense, The Hobbit is classified as a bildungsroman where the protagonist, Bilbo Baggins, undergoes a journey of self discovery within his physical journey to the dragon’s treasure (Arslan 137).
Change is something that is hard for most people to accomplish. Change can mean going out of your comfort zone to fulfill something that has the delusion of being absolutely mental. Bilbo goes through a dramatic change in The Hobbit from being the unadventurous, dull hobbit to being the unshrinking, adventurous hero. He does this when he finds the ring, when he frees the dwarves from the giant spider’s webs, and when he helps the dwarves escape from the Wood Elves.
Bilbo is a hero in several ways. Bilbo is hero for going on the quest in the first place. Bilbo is also a hero because he saved the dwarves from giant spiders. Bilbo is also a hero because he saved the dwarves from the elves. Bilbo is a hero for going on the adventure in the first place.
“Don’t be afraid to change. You may lose something good but you may gain something better.” In the Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien presents an unlikely hero, a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Another important character in the novel is Gandalf, a wizard and an old family friend, forces Bilbo to come out of his comfort zone onto a journey to recover the dwarves name and gold from the evil dragon, Smaug. Bilbo fulfills the archetypal hero’s journey by starting of an in ordinary world ,facing Ordeal, Death, and Rebirth, and The Road Back while illustrating the theme of innovation.
In the novel, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, the main character, Bilbo, embarks upon both a literal journey with a physical destination and a personal journey where he experiences intellectual growth and personal maturity. Gandalf the Grey enlists Bilbo to assist a band of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin to reclaim the dwarf kingdom in the Misty Mountains. While on the journey to the Misty Mountains, Bilbo experiences several instances of personal growth. These experiences fortify and increase the characteristics of intelligence, bravery, and responsibility.