Essay on The Hobbit 's ' Hobbit '

2124 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 9 Pages
No one ever expects a boring, average person with few useful skills to be the hero, however in The Hobbit that is exactly what happens. Bilbo Baggins begins as the epitome of a normal hobbit, and he cares only for comfort. As Bilbo ventures into the world for the first time in his life, with the help of Gandalf and the dwarves, he is forced to expand his horizons to plains that previously seemed to be myths. Through this he matures greatly, and becomes the hero he was destined to be. He would not have been able to mature in this way if it were not for him enlarging his view of the world. This is shown through Bilbo Baggin’s weak character before his adventure, his newfound abilities as he travels, and his change from being meek to being brave and adventurous as he discovers more about the world.
By the end of The Hobbit the reader sees Bilbo as a hobbit who is more than capable of adventuring, defending himself and others, and thinking for himself. However, this is not always true of Bilbo. Before Gandalf comes to Bilbo he hates adventure of any sort, he is completely unaware of his potential, and above all he is childish.
At the beginning of Bilbo’s tale he despises adventure, saying “We are plain quiet folk, and I have no use for adventures. Nasty, disturbing, and uncomfortable things” (Tolkien). He is so caught up in his comfortable lifestyle that he thinks that he does not want anything else out of life, especially something as different from his normal routine as an…

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