Bilbo Baggins Theme

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“Go back?” he thought. “No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we go!”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

The Hobbit is a fantasy novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, which takes place in the third age of Middle-Earth, 2941-2942. The main protagonist, Bilbo Baggins, along with the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves, travel across Middle-Earth on an expedition to reclaim Lonely Mountain. They experience many catastrophes and bumps on the road along the way, but they continue to move along. The story focuses on the themes of courage, and determination.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit, a race that is about half the size of a regular adult human, with large, hairy feet and curly hair. Bilbo enjoys comfort, food, and simplicity. …show more content…

His inner conflict is a big problem because Bilbo constantly feels that the influence of both of his families play out like a tug-of-war for his real personality. Sometimes he feels a lot like a “Baggins”, and doesn’t want to do anything weird or socially strange, and gets upset about missing breakfast or supper, and misses his regular comforts from home and dislikes Gandalf and the dwarves for making his life complicated. But then other times he feels “Took-ish”, and is excited to be on an adventure for once in his life and wants explore and do amazing things, and then he’s pretty happy that he met Gandalf and the dwarves. He switches back and forth throughout the story, but I don’t think that either personas “won” or “took over” at the end. By the resolution of the story, Bilbo is very happy with both of his “personalities” and doesn’t feel quite so much anxiety over the it …show more content…

I really enjoyed this part because this was when Bilbo finally realizes he does indeed have bravery inside him and that he can do anything without doubting himself. He also renames his sword. (“Sting”) My least favorite part is when Thorin acts very greedy and refuses to share the gold, letting the power go to his head. I didn't like this part because the people had basically killed Smaug for them, making it easier for them to take back the mountain and the treasure, and they had also helped them when they were starving and hurt. This story made me feel anxious most of the time because I never knew what would come or what bad situation they would find themselves next. In all, I thought the book was very good because it's super descriptive, full of twists that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and just overall a nicely told adventure novel. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend or read another book from this

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