Bilbo Baggins Character Analysis

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Sam Cooke
Mr. Villmer
Honors British Literature ACP
29 August 2014
A Heroic Hobbit and Deft Dwarves J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit portrays a wide range of characters throughout the novel. In which, a tale wrought with adventure and danger unfolds with two unlikely forces aiding one another in order to achieve a common goal. The hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, is a well to do little creature who enjoys a quiet life in his comfortable hole in the earth. In fact, upon Gandalf inquiring about Bilbo accompanying him on an adventure, the hobbit responds with, “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner!" (chapter 1). The dwarves, Ori, Dori, Nori, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Fili, Kili, Dwalin, Balin, Oin, Gloin, and Thorin, are mischievous, greedy, and have been known to embark on many adventures, which
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Bilbo’s lineage on the Took side of the family consists of many explorers, most of whom were shunned by the hobbit community. So, it is commonly perceived that Bilbo possesses a secret desire for adventure that is buried under years of conforming to the hobbit lifestyle. The narrator makes a reference to his family history in chapter one, “then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.” Thus, he accepts the invitation because that adventurous spirit was never fully extinguished. On the other hand, the dwarves’ primary motivation is the potential wealth they would gain if they were to succeed. The dwarves are a greedy species that value self interest over everything. They are one hundred percent driven by the treasure, and they see the danger that accompanies such a quest as an obstacle that must be

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