Essay on The Tolkien 's ' The Hobbit '

1182 Words Mar 30th, 2016 5 Pages
A hero is usually a literary work’s most attractive feature. In J.R.R Tolkien’s “The Hobbit,” Bilbo is, despite appearances, the ambitious hero to whom the reader is almost instantly endeared. Bilbo goes through various obstacles which develops him into an ambitious hero. He faces a number of situations that bring him out of his comfort zone. The adventure reveals Bilbo’s inner strength through his actions and the risks that Bilbo takes earns him the respect he deserves. Bilbo Baggins heroic nature can only be seen as the direct result of the growth and maturity of a person compelled to leave his comfort zone in his hobbit hole and face the perils of the outside world.

When a spontaneous adventure emerges in Bilbo’s life, he is faced with the opportunity to take it or leave it. Evidently, taking this adventure allows for personal growth and heroic qualities to develop, “The Bagginses have lived in the neighborhood of the hill for time out of mind, and people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected…” (Tolkien, 13). At first, Bilbo is intimidated by adventure, “we are plain quiet folk and I have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them…” (Tolkien, 16). It is evident that Bilbo steps away from his comfort zone. These quotes demonstrate Bilbo’s initial thoughts on adventure. His…

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