The Hobbit Final Writing Assignment
1. Thesis Statement: Within the pages of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien there is courage, adventure, and a great change of character in Mr. Bilbo Baggins. The Hobbit starts off with the description of what sort of creatures’ hobbits are and the introduction of Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo is just like any other regular hobbit; he enjoys food, doesn’t like adventure, and right at the beginning says, “We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner. I don’t see what anyone sees in them (page 6).” This he says to Gandalf the Grey who’s a wizard and returns to Hobbiton after many years on a search for someone who is willing to go on an adventure. Right off the bat Bilbo tells Gandalf absolutely not, he is not looking for an adventure, but Gandalf must of mistook his answer for consent to going on an adventure because before Bilbo knows it he’s off with a group of 13 dwarves on a quest to regain the dwarf Thorin’s homeland from the evil dragon Smaug. I think the moment when Bilbo really begins his change of character is when they were all meeting before they went off on their quest and the dwarves thought he couldn’t hear them, and they started talking about how Bilbo seemed much to small, timid, and weak to be any good at burglaring. When they said those things Bilbo’s Took side of the family won out and he began to find himself thinking, “…He would go without bed and breakfast to be thought fierce. As for little fellow bobbing on the mat it also made him really fierce (page 18)…” This part in the story is when I believe Bilbo began to have sparks of thoughts that maybe he really did want to go on an adventure.
As the story progresses Bilbo at first begins to prove the dwarves right in their views that Bilbo would not make a very good burglar. When they run into trolls in the forest and Bilbo is sent ahead to scout out trouble and then tries to pickpocket one of the trolls wallets only to have it scream out and alert the trolls of Bilbo’s presence. He then gets beat up and allows the dwarves all to be crammed into sacks where they were stuck for a long time while the trolls debated which way they wanted to eat them. In the end Gandalf had to save them and no thanks to Bilbo they didn’t get eaten. After that incident Bilbo began to prove himself worthy of the title burglar. The first time he proved himself was when he and the dwarves got kidnapped by goblins. He soon got separated from the dwarves and found himself horribly lost deep within the mountain, found a ring on the ground that turned him invisible, and encountered a creature called Gollum. Gollum wanted to eat Bilbo and told him that if he wanted him to show Bilbo the way out of the mountain he would have to play the riddle game with him and should he fail to answer one of Gollum’s riddles he would indefinitely eat him. Bilbo managed to better Gollum at the riddle game but Gollum wanted his ring back, his “precious”, Bilbo quickly put the ring on though and he went invisible and followed Gollum to the exit where he escaped past the goblins guarding the door shocking all of the dwarves. They had thought that they were going to have to go back and get Bilbo. Bilbo continued doing things such as this one and the dwarves began to respect him. He helps save them from giant spiders that want to eat them, get them out of the dungeons of the elven king, finds the entrance into the mountain, and talks to Smaug when the dwarves are too scared to. Gradually Bilbo goes from being timid and whiny to the leader that everyone looks to when there is trouble.
When the story begins to reach an end Bilbo is highly respected and liked among the group of dwarves rather than at the beginning when they didn’t think very highly of him at all and he doesn’t stop gaining their respect. At the very end of the story Bilbo does a...