The steps in the hero’s journey are Call to Adventure, Assistance, Departure, Trials, Approach, Crisis, Treasure, Result, Return, New Life, and Resolution. In The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins is invited to go on an adventure with Gandalf the wizard and thirteen dwarves. Bilbo soon finds himself in an adventure he has never anticipated on being on. Bilbo faces the giant orcs, crazy wolves, and a scary forest to try and get the gold that lays under the mysterious dragon, Smaug. A similar book to The Hobbit is a memoir called A long way gone.
Bilbo receives this ring playing a life or death riddle game. He plays this game with Gollum under the Misty Mountains. This game ended well because Bilbo is still alive. The prize was the ring. But, Gollum didn’t want to give it to Bilbo.
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…” (Tolkien 2). Bilbo felt bolder and more confident in himself mainly because he had an invisible ring. Not having possession of the ring would have changed the story drastically because Bilbo would not have escaped so many situations unseen. Tolkien uses symbols in his books to give meaning to the story and provide inspiration to the reader. According to Modern Fantasy Writers, symbolism describes the author, Tolkien, and the creativity of his writing (1).
Gandalf, a wizard forces Bilbo on an adventure to regain treasure with thirteen dwarves. The company faces many challenges while Gandalf aids them. Eventually, Bilbo becomes forced to take charge and lead the company to the mountain. The experiences Bilbo encounters throughout his journey define and shape him into the hero he becomes. The Hobbit follows the story of Bilbo by mirroring the heroic journey, showing Bilbo’s dramatic change from the Hobbit he once was.
The Greeks believed that cleverness was the ability to be able to solve problems by outsmarting the enemy ore using your wit. Odysseus shows that he is clever multiple times. One of the first times he shows his cleverness is when he is in the cave of Polyphemus. Firstly, he gets the giant cyclops drunk, but does not kill him at that point because he knows that he cannot move the boulder away from the mouth of the cave. Also, he tells Polyphemus that his name is Nohbdy, so that the cyclops does not have any information about him.
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.
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.
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.
Lots of the good characteristics Bilbo gained during the journey are learned from Thorin. 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.
After the dwarves returned home, Bilbo received treasure but he presented the treasure to kings before the battle of the orcs. In the mountain, the dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield fell for the sea of gold and allowed it to draw him into greed. As a friend, Bilbo persuaded the king to snap out of greediness and stood by Thorin to tell him the truth. With humility, Bilbo perceived himself as an ordinary hobbit. Bilbo felt as if he was no one special and was just an ordinary hobbit called to set off on an adventure.