Sting And The Ring Symbolism In The Hobbit

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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. Sting symbolizes Bilbo stepping up and becoming a hero; as a result, he gains bravery. Bilbo receives his sword from Elrond. This was a sword that was used to kill goblins. Once they faced the goblins, the goblins were terrified of it. They were scared Bilbo was going to kill them. Bilbo was about to use the sword again,…show more content…
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. So, Bilbo took what was rightfully his. Bilbo did not know the power of this ring. This ring makes whoever has it on invisible. Bilbo uses this a lot throughout the story. He uses this mostly to save the dwarves from all of the challenges that they face. Bilbo did not know that this would change his life “it was a turning point in his career, but he did not know it. He put the ring in his pocket almost without thinking; certainly, it did not seem of any particular use at the moment.” (68) Bilbo knew,”He must get away, out of this horrible darkness, while he had any strength left. He must fight. He must stab the foul thing, put its eyes out, kill it. It meant to kill him. No, not a fair fight. He was invisible now.” (81) Rings in stories always have an important role. The ring is Tolkien’s most popular symbol. The ring not only symbolizes self-confidence but, it also symbolizes wealth and power. Wealth and power fit under the topic of self-confidence. To have power and wealth you need self-confidence. Bilbo has always had self-confidence it just never has shown. Once he gets the ring he gains mostly self-confidence and a lot of
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