The Hobbit Hero's Journey Analysis
The book, The Hobbit follows the archetype of the hero’s journey. In the story, Bilbo Baggins is compelled to leave his ordinary hobbit life and join a band of dwarves and a wizard to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and its treasures from Smaug, the evil dragon who stole it from Thorin’s ancestors. Breaking away from a monotonous life was proved a difficult task for the tiny hero. He had to learn how to live life as an adventurer. He also had to come to terms and adjust to a normal life once his journey was over. The Hobbit is a major example of the hero’s journey, especially in popular culture.
There are many components of the hero’s journey in Bilbo’s Departure. Leaving behind a monotonous life was challenging for Bilbo Baggins. First he was visited by a wizard named Gandalf who tried to enlist Bilbo Baggins as a burglar for a group of dwarves who needed one. This is Bilbo’s call to adventure, the first part of the hero’s journey. Next came the refusal. Hobbits live a quiet and unadventurous life; basically perfect: “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things” (Tolkien 4). They have a routine in which they follow every single day. So when …show more content…
There are many components in the Departure, Initiation, and The Return that were very obvious to point out as a part of the hero’s journey. In a nutshell, the hero, Bilbo Baggins, leaves behind his stale life in search of adventure, although he is apprehensive in the beginning. Then he is joined by Gandalf, who guides Bilbo along for part of his journey. Bilbo joins a band of dwarves who are following their ancestors prophecy of reclaiming the Lonely Mountain and getting back their treasure. They also get advice from Beorn, who is a skin-changer, on which path to take to Mirkwood. In closure, Bilbo Baggins exceeds his purpose as burglar and prevails as the