What Is Bilbo Symbolize In The Hobbit

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In The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien uses symbolism throughout the story to show how Bilbo went from cowardice to courageous. Hobbits are known to be unadventurous, bucolic, and somewhat shy. In the beginning of the adventure/quest, Bilbo wants to go home and doesn't want to be a burglar. But when Gandalf leaves Bilbo and the dwarves, he slowly starts to step out of his comfort zone. The symbols that represent Bilbo’s change include Bilbo’s home, the ring, and his sword. Bag End is where Bilbo lives. In the beginning of the book, Bilbo didn't want to go on the quest with Gandalf and the dwarves. Throughout the book, Bilbo always thought about his home and how he wished to go back to it. This shows his coward side, wanting to go home instead of going on an …show more content…

Tolkien uses to represent Bilbo’s is the ring. This ring is not an ordinary ring. When someone slips on the ring, it will make you invisible. When Bilbo wears the ring, he does things he would most likely not do without the ring. For instance, the situation where Bilbo faced Smaug, the Dragon. “Getting rid of dragons is not at all in my line, but I will do my best to think about it. Personally I have no hopes at all, and wish I was safe back at home.” This quote from chapter 12 shows how Bilbo doesn't really want to face Smaug, but only does it since he has something no one else has. He has the special ring, which allows him to face Smaug. Without the ring, he wouldn't be able to face Smaug. The ring provides power, and Bilbo uses that power to do stuff he wouldn't have done before. Although this may be true, others may also say that the ring represents service and loyalty (towards the dwarves). In the text, Bilbo also uses the ring to help the dwarves out of tough situations. For instance, how the dwarves were held by the wood-elves and Bilbo had gotten them out by using the ring. Bilbo using the ring shows change since he starts being bolder and more confident with his

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