The Hobbit: Character Analysis of Bilbo

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Have you ever had to make a change in your life and been scared about what might happen? I have gone through such a change in mine and so has a character called Bilbo. In The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien the main character, Bilbo Baggins, a simple hobbit who goes on an adventure that changed his life.

Bilbo lives a simple life. He is a hobbit which Tolkien says “are inclined to be fat in the stomach, they dress in bright colors, wear no shoes because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick warm brown hair like the stuff on their heads” (p.16). Bilbo lives in a shire “in a hole in the ground”. His home was simple and comfortable. His life was a normal life for a hobbit until a Wizard named Gandalf came along and changed Bilbo’s life. Gandalf convinces Bilbo to be a thief for the dwarves and once Bilbo sets out, his adventure would change who he is and his life. When I left my home in Cuba City Wisconsin for Yuma Colorado, my life and who I am changed as well.

Bilbo did not want to go on the adventure with Gandalf. He was content to be a hobbit, he didn’t want to go away from his home where he was safe. Much like when I learned I was going to be going away from the home that I knew for 8 years. I was happy with my friends, my school, my room, with everything that made me safe. The thought of going somewhere else I didn’t know scared me. Bilbo may have been scared about leaving. Tolkien says “this is a story of how Baggins had and adventure and found himself doing and saying things all together unexpected”.

In Bilbo’s adventure he encounters many obstacles. He meets dwarves, dragons, and Gollum. With each meeting Bilbo has to overcome something. With each task, he becomes braver and willing to take chances. He also becomes more sure of himself. One of his challenges is in a cave with Gollum, a strange creature. When Bilbo is in the cave, he has been separated from his group. He is alone and doesn’t know which way to go....
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