The Hobbit

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The Hobbit Question 1

In every fantasy novel, there is always a protagonist and an antagonist with other characters that are either good or bad. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien is a novel about a rich, small and timid hobbit, called Bilbo Baggins, who was chosen by a wizard, Gandalf to join thirteen other dwarves on a nighly impossible adventure to retrieve the treasure that was stolen by Smaug the dragon. Throughout the novel, the races Tolkien invented in The Hobbit are either good or evil, and none in between.

The first race that is mentioned in the book is the hobbit. The only hobbit that was given in the novel is Bilbo Baggins. The first description of the hobbit is given in the first chapter. It quote “They are a little people, about half our height, and smaller than a bearded dwarves.” This gives the reader the impression of the hobbit being small and vulnerable, which make them harmless and tame. Another example that emphasis that reinforce that Bilbo is good is that he is respected by others as seen in the following quote “people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich…”. Bilbo is also labelled as being kind, brave, heroic and smart through his action. Throughout the novel, Bilbo smart thinking and brave act has saved the dwarves countless times. One example of this is Bilbo rescuing the dwarves from the Wood-elves. Bilbo secretly took the key from one of the drunken guard and freed the dwarves from their prison cells. After that, he smartly escaped the castle with the dwarves using the barrels and the river. This again reinforces the idea of Bilbo being good, brave, heroic and smart. However, the kindest act that Bilbo made in the whole novel was trying to make peace between the dwarves and the mortal men from Lake Town by sacrificing his share of the treasure. As a result of this kind offer by Bilbo, he is view as a peacemaker by the reader. At the end of the novel, it’s clear that Bilbo’s action has allow the...
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