Bilbo Baggins Essay

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Bilbo Baggins Essay

Have you ever changed in your life for the better? Well, in the novel, The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, there is a main character named Bilbo Baggins who is a hobbit. Bilbo changes throughout the story because he is a dynamic character. He becomes courageous, adventurous, and learns to use his wits as the story develops. Let me go into further detail with this.

First of all, he gains courage in the story. Before he went on this adventure, he was timid and to himself. This is because hobbits didn’t go on anything dangerous, especially adventures. This all changes as soon as Bilbo goes on this journey with Gandalf and the dwarves. We see our first example of this when he tries to steal from the three huge, nasty looking trolls. He has never stolen anything before, so for him to steal, let alone from trolls, is a big deal. We see our next example when he says, “Lazy lob and crazy cob are weaving webs to wind me, for I’m sweeter than other meat” (Tolkien 160). In the book it is insulting to call anyone/thing crazy cob or lazy lob. This is an act of courage since he was trying to draw all of the giant, hairy spiders away from his pals to let them escape. This is how he shows some of his courage.

Another quality he gains is to use his wits. We see this in the chapter, “Riddles in the Dark.” This is when Gollum wants to eat Bilbo, but Bilbo wants to escape. So they play a game of riddle guessing and its Bilbo’s last turn, so he gives Gollum a question he cannot answer. So now Gollum must show Bilbo the way out (even though he doesn’t). Also, he shows he uses his wits when he sweet talks the almighty dragon, Smaug so he doesn’t get angry and burn him to ashes. He would say things like, “O Smaug the tremendous” (Tolkien 222) and “Truly songs and tales fall utterly short of the reality, O Smaug the Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities” (Tolkien 222). He uses great manners to save himself. He also gets the weak spot of Smaug out of him. This is...
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