Can one item impact you and make you become brave or even self-confident? I think something can. Something as small as a ring or as big as a sword can make you feel braver or more self-confident. In The Hobbit, these ideas are throughout the entire story. Sting and the ring are important as symbols because they represent Bilbo becoming a hero; he shows bravery and self-confidence which are very important ideas in the story.
As stated earlier, the ring that Bilbo possesses has a unique symbolic meaning, along with Bilbo’s sword Sting. Symbols in the Hero’s Journey have a greater meaning because it can do special things for and to the hero throughout the journey. Tolkien shows this especially in the main character, Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit. Bilbo had been a hero to himself and in troubled times with the dwarves. He went out of his comfort zone and found a new personality in himself that was not like a typical hobbit, “shy… disappear quietly and quickly…”
In reality, people don’t always stay the same - they change based on their experiences. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien is a novel about a group of dwarves who recruit Bilbo, a humble hobbit, to help them take back their home from Smaug, a dragon. Most hobbits dislike adventure, Bilbo being no exception, but his curiosity gets the better of him and he travels with the dwarves. Firstly, Bilbo conflicts with his own personality when he decides to go with the dwarves and changes from being homely to being more adventurous. Then, he conflicts with the spiders in Mirkwood and changes from being honest to being more deceitful.
In The Hobbit Smaug's attacks Bilbo, the dwarves, and the men of Laketown is when everything was about to be over. For a hero to be made they must make a sacrifice. For example, when Bilbo gave the Arkenstone to the elves he thought about other even though it could have cost him his life. The When all seems lost, Bilbo is able to pass Smaug's weakness by having the dragon reveal that his scales had a weak spot near the heart. After, this journey a true hero can be made.
This helps us understand how Thorin guides Bilbo to become a hero. Bilbo starts off with as a boring character, but by comparing Thorin and Bilbo together, we will eventually pay more attention to Bilbo as a character. (Connnection between previous sentence and this)Thorin is the perfect model of an ancient hero. He was born into royalty, he is a subject of a prophecy, his parents are long gone, and he is going on a quest, and since the hobbit is set in a world where there’s magic, we assume Thorin is the hero. As for Bilbo, we do expect him to be a hero because he is the protagonist.
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.
Heroes can be men, women, animals, or even objects that inspires your soul and mind. The world of heroes is a huge world full of dreams and challenges that anyone can be part of if it he believed in his abilities. “Hero” is a simple word with many great and valuable meanings; he is the one who faces his challenges and obstacles without any fear or worry, as Zachary Hamby says that “Obstacles make them stronger, preparing them for their final showdown” (3). When people think of heroes they imagine supernatural creatures that god have created to save their lives from danger. A hero is an example of courage, insistence, and selfness.
Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit, is a hero not just because he helped save the dwarves from great casualties along their journey, but mainly for the special qualities he possesses that very few people hold. These unique qualities are courage, creativity, intelligence, and determination. Bilbo displays each of these qualities differently, adapting to the situation ahead. As the dwarves and the hobbit come across large numbers of spiders, the hobbit shows great courage by taking on all the spiders on his own to save his friends. In addition, Bilbo is also brave , but he also creative and smart to frustrate and distract the spiders from killing his friends.
When Bilbo is sent to discover the source of the fire in the woods, he goes not because he wants to, but because he doesn’t want to disappoint Thorin. Instead of finding out and returning to the dwarves to tell them of the trolls, he decides to pickpocket them first. He does this because he is worried he will be a disappointment if he comes back empty handed. Consequently, this plan backfired and resulted in all of the dwarves being captured. Bilbo's intentions were flawed and almost ended in the disposal of his companions.
Kevin Conroy once said, “Everyone is handed adversity in life. No one’s journey is easy. It’s how they handle it that makes people unique.” He’s saying that if everyone was to be given the same obstacle, everyone would do it in their own distinctive way, which makes them all unique. In The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, two different kinds of creatures, dwarves and a hobbit named Bilbo, were given the same journey to go on, but they handled it in diverse ways.
Often Smeagol is considered evil, but what is not thought of most often is who Smeagol was when he had the One Ring, also when the One Ring was not with him. Smeagol couldn’t have been evil when he didn’t even know of the One Ring. In the book The Fellowship Of The Ring Smeagol is a hobbit that was curious and liked shiny things. “The most inquisitive and curious-minded of that family was called Smeagol” (Tolkien 57).
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
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.
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.