Honors English 10
September 25, 2012
Adventures of a Hobbit:
Understanding how and why Bilbo changes throughout The Hobbit.
In The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins goes on many adventures and learns many new things. Bilbo fights Trolls, Goblins, Wargs, dragons, and a creature named Gollum. In J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit Bilbo has to learn how to figure a way out of challenges, Bilbo goes through many hardships in order for him to transform into a hero, how desirable journeying is to Bilbo and the Dwarves and Bilbo changes from the beginning of the book to the end of the book, Bilbo is tested because of Gandalf’s belief in Bilbo being the Burglar. Bilbo has to learn how to figure a way out of challenges. Bilbo’s first challenge is to fight a troll and steal their treasure. Bilbo’s failure to sneak and get treasure and start a fight proves Bilbo is weak and needs Gandalf’s leadership. Bilbo’s second challenge is the goblins and stone giants. Bilbo learns the lesson of journeying and starts to learn leadership. Bilbo’s third challenge is Gollum. Bilbo gains knowledge of the ring, pity, pure terror, greed and how to make wise decisions. Bilbo’s fourth challenge is Mirkwood and the Wood Elves. Bilbo learns to man up, take leadership, and make decisions for the group and cooperation. Bilbo’s fifth challenge is Lonely Mountain and Smaug. Bilbo learns about pure evil and treachery. Bilbo’s last challenge is the Battle of Five Armies. Bilbo has to make a decision that he thinks will bring peace and also he gains respect from all those who didn’t believe in him “There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West.”(J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit). All of these challenges transform Bilbo into a hero.
Bilbo goes through many hardships in order for him to transform into a hero. Bilbo starts off not believing that he is not meant for this job “Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not today.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit)....
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