Hobbit Essay; Bilbo Baggins, a Hero

Topics: The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, J. R. R. Tolkien Pages: 2 (676 words) Published: March 12, 2013
The Hobbit Essay
Many science fiction fantasy novels have a hero or heroine. In J.R.R Tolkien’s novel the hobbit Bilbo Baggins is a hero, Even though he finds a ring of invisibility that allows him to preform surprising feats. Some of his acts of heroism are when Bilbo make his first attempt at burglary when he steals from the trolls, when he creates a plan to free his friends from the ElvenKing and follows it through and when he goes down to visit Smaug for the first time to fulfill a promise.

The first act of Bilbo’s heroism is when he makes his first attempt at burglary when he steals from the trolls. Even before Bilbo steals from the trolls he is told by the dwarfs “Now it’s the burglar’s turn.” (33 Tolkien) And by Thorin “You must go and find out all about that light and what it is for, and if it’s all perfectly safe and canny”(33) meaning no one from the company wanted to go see what the light was. Bilbo didn’t even put up an argument off he went to go see what the light was. When he arrives at the light he sees that there are trolls but he knows he couldn’t return empty handed to the dwarfs being a burglar and all so he musters up all the courage he has and puts his hand in Williams pocket and pulls out a purse “as big as a bag to Bilbo” (35). After that everything went terribly wrong and Gandalf had to show up and save the day. The dwarfs where very annoyed at Bilbo afterwards and started to question my they brought him along but even though everything went downhill Bilbo was still the only one who would go see what the fire was in the first place.

Another act of Bilbo’s heroism is when he makes a plan to save his friends from the ElvenKing’s prison and follows it through. When Bilbo’s company has been taken prisoner by wood elves and locked in cells Bilbo slips on his ring of invisibility and creeps about the ElvenKing’s castle planning an escape plan. Bilbo of course could just leave his friends but “He did not wish to desert the dwarfs, and...
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