The Hobbit A Hero Analysis

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In the previous essay regarding the meaning of a Biblical hero, the word “hero” is never truly defined. Rather, the essay explores the three pinnacle qualities a hero must not have. These three title-stripping characteristics were the possession of hate for their enemies and lack of discernment. Thus, if a person, elf, dwarf, or hobbit does have these qualities, then they are not a hero. The prior essay leaves no definition for what qualified someone as a hero if they pass the preliminary character test. For the sake of our understanding, the word hero is defined as someone who completes virtuous deeds at their own expense, and does not possess any of the anti-hero traits listed before.Throughout the essay, this definition will apply.
The Hobbit is a
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Bilbo Baggins is a hero for three reasons: he does not possess the qualities of an anti-hero, he fulfills the definition of a hero, and he adheres to his morals.
First, Bilbo Baggins is a hero because he does not have the traits of an anti-hero. An anti-hero, by the definition given in the previous essay, is someone who hates their enemies and lacks discernment. Throughout the difficulties and adversities he faced during the journey, Bilbo never once expresses hate for anyone. This includes Gollum, who, after a brief, but decidedly dangerous encounter, left Bilbo perturbed and fearful for his own wellbeing. Instead of maiming or murdering Gollum, “a sudden understanding, a pity mixed with horror, welled up in Bilbo’s heart” (Tolkien 87). He spared Gollum’s life and fled the tunnels to safety. Moreover, Bilbo does not lack discernment, or rather, Bilbo possesses the ability to judge well. This attribute is not entirely acquired until the end of the novel, when Bilbo recognizes Thorin’s sudden lust for wealth and sought to break the standoff between the citizens of Lake-town and the
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