In J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins started out terrified of adventuring and thought his only superior skills in life were his ability to cook and blow smoke rings. Throughout the adventure his attributes are slowly morphed as they go through Joseph Campbell’s hero pattern. Bilbo is capable to make confident decisions and learns how to be devoted, generous and cares about more than his trivial life under the hill. Bilbo Baggins tried to maintain an everyday average normal hobbit life until adventure found him and put him on Joseph Campbell’s hero pattern. Bilbo goes through phases in Joseph Campbell’s hero pattern such as a refusal to call, when Gandalf and the dwarves greet him at his door, crossing of the first threshold, when Bilbo …show more content…
(Tolkien 35) He saw 3 goblins and this was soon realized as Bilbo leaving into an unfamiliar world also known as crossing of the first threshold in Joseph Campbell’s hero pattern. Bilbo crossing the first threshold made him want to prove himself to the dwarves. He also wanted to show himself to be brave and able to serve as a fine burglar for this adventure. To prove his abilities he tried to steal a purse yet failed to steal it instead he got himself caught. Although his decision was not as witty as thought, it was still something a hero would experience. (Tolkien 36) Bilbo disturbs the trolls and they notice his dwarf friends walking into the open and capture each, one by one. Gandalf distracted the trolls to keep arguing with them and they suddenly didn’t even realize the sun was coming up and all three of the beastly trolls turned to stone. In spite of the fact that Bilbo didn’t turn them to stone himself he was certainly a crucial part to help Gandalf turn them to stone. This was the first moment Bilbo crossed into a supernatural world. Without this event in Joseph Campbell’s hero pattern Bilbo would’ve never known what not to do and he wouldn’t have had any experience with any super natural creature until much farther into the adventure. Bilbo refused to take more than one chest of gold and one chest of silver even though it was offered to him by Bard. (Tolkien 291) The Magic Flight changed …show more content…
Everything his normal hobbit life stood for was juristically changed. Joseph Campbell’s hero pattern disrupted Bilbo’s normal attitude and what not and made him into a hero. He refused his call to adventure, yet of course he ended up going on the adventure in spite. He was an aid to Gandalf defeating the trolls, crossing of the first threshold. Yet at the end of this adventure he didn’t even want his reward he would rather go home under the hill, magic flight back to his original world. Bilbo is a fine example of a hero on Joseph Campbell’s hero pattern and reading the Hobbit these examples were extremely
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.
Even though this part of the hero’s journey was portrayed pretty similarly, there is still a bit of a difference. They both used their instincts, but Bilbo was influenced a bit by the dwarves. His Took side had shown while the dwarves were contemplating whether he was fit for the adventure or not. This made him want to prove himself to them. Instincts aren’t normally the cause of the call to adventure, but for some reason, these two very different novels are similar this way.
He could have bailed and ran away the first chance he had but rather he stayed and assisted the dwarves in their quest. Not only did Bilbo help the dwarves in one of their last acts, he also saves his companions from being held hostage by the Elvenking. Bilbo risked his own life and “did not wish to desert the dwarves'' (Tolkien 80). Bilbo is selfless and willing to risk his life to save his friends, even when the odds are against him. He put himself in harm’s way to rescue them.
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.
Bilbo did not possess any heroic qualities when he left on his adventure, but, as it is recorded in the book: he would not be the same person by the time he returned. The first time you see any heroism in his character is when he gets lost in the goblin tunnels and is under the pursuit of Gollum. Because Bilbo has obtained a magic ring, he is able to become invisible. Gollum can't see the hobbit and is blocking the exit of the tunnel. Now Bilbo is left with a two choices: he can either kill Gollum and easily escape or spare Gollum and try to avoid him on the way out.
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, however, possessed none of those qualities, he was in fact, a Hobbit. A Little Hobbit living in a comfortable hole, in The Shire. Hobbits never went on adventures, it was not done. However, this hobbit did, and all it took was a party and a bit of prompting from a wize wizard. He had begun his journey as a regular Hobbit,
After defeating the orcs, winning the war and burying Thorin, he has successfully became a hero or a herolike person in the special world during the times that he was with the dwarves, which is the road back in the heroic journey. When Bilbo finally was preparing to go back to his lovely hobbit hole, the dwarves were so sad and unwilling to leave Bilbo back to the peaceful land of his. When Bailbo finally gets back the hobbiton, the other hobbits was so shock that he is still alive, because he was not there for over a year, so the other hobbits assumed that he’s
Bilbo risks his own life to save the dwarves many times during the adventure, which in turn gains him the respect he deserves. This new respect that Bilbo has acquires gives him plenty of confidence in himself to get the job done, whatever it may be. This clearly shows that Bilbo's change from being ridiculed and doubted by the dwarves to being very highly respected is a dramatic one and deserves recognition. All Bilbo needed is a chance to prove the dwarves wrong, and that is what he gets when those same dwarves appear on his doorstep that sunny afternoon. Along with Bilbo Baggins becoming a braver and more respected hobbit, he also develops the most important change in the story; he changes from being incompetent to very resourceful.
The “hero’s Journey” begins with a call to an ordinary individual to leave the ordinary world. This calls prompts the individual to leave the common life to venture into the realm of the unknown. The journey continues with the individual leaving the ordinary world to descend into the special world. The decent into the special world brings the individual through different adventures and experiences that reveal weakness and allow for strength and development to conquer those weaknesses. Bilbo baggins journey represents the “hero’s Journey”as he leaves the ordinary world as an ordinary hobbit,enters the special world as a developing warrior,and returns as an unexpected hero.
In the story “The Hobbit” Bilbo can be seen as the hero when he sacrifices his family’s name to be a part of the quest to get Thorin's gold back Bilbo's first approach is his attempt on stealing the trolls’ treasure. He later is met by the goblins, Gollum, elves, and spiders. Each fear he faces develops Bilbo as a hero, getting him ready for his greatest quest, stealing the treasure from Smaug.. Another example of Bilbo putting others before himself is the treasure he willing to give in order to bring peace to the men, elves, and dwarves. Last, but not least, Bilbo is willing to sacrifice his life for a cause bigger than himself.
Along the way, they overcome many obstacles that threaten their lives and put their trust for one another to the test. Bilbo learns that there is more to him than he realizes and through hard work and dedication, he can accomplish almost anything. Overcoming these problems and learning more about himself helped Bilbo change from an ordinary, self-doubting hobbit into a clever, courage-filled, loyal hero. In the beginning, Bilbo has no desire to go on an adventure of any kind, but he quickly learns about the cleverness he obtains when he is forced to make quick decisions.
Something is the matter with you! You are not the hobbit that you were”(Tolkien 300). The quotation clearly proves that Bilbo has returned back home and now is a completely different person. He became more confident and accepting after the
The journey that Bilbo endures transforms him into a hero. Bilbo encounters many tests and trials throughout the story which reveal character. These courageous actions display the heroic character of Bilbo. Throughout The Hobbit, Bilbo displays the universal message that anyone can develop into a hero. Even the smallest and seemingly weakest creatures and people can become as great as Bilbo.
He picks up the key to the troll 's secret cave, thereby providing himself with a sword from the safe inside the cave. In chapter five Bilbo finds the ring of invisibility and outsmarts Gollum while challenging each other with riddles. It is important to note that Bilbo resists the impulse to kill Gollum in chapter five because he thinks it would be unfair as Gollum is unarmed, while Bilbo is invisible and armed. Bilbo is depicted as not only clever, but ethical. This is reflected in the dwarves and Gandalf’s growing respect for him in chapter six.