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Analysing J. R. R. Tolkien's Bilbo And Frodo

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Bilbo and Frodo
J. R. R Tolkien is most known for his published works, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. While The Hobbit was perceived by many as a children’s book, the storyline proved entertaining to adults as well, prompting readers to encourage Tolkien to take his “elvish” story to the next level. This is how The Lord of the Rings eventually surfaced. Tolkien’s second story is closely comparable to his first one regarding characters and events taking place. While there are a few things in each story that set them apart from one another , they are so much closer to the being the same that in the end two very similar characters, Bilbo and Frodo are joined together.
The Hobbit began simply by Tolkien grading an exam paper, which he found to be boring, and writing the word “hobbit” on the paper. The story’s main character, Bilbo Baggins, was chosen by a wizard named Gandalf to be what he called a burglar. Bilbo comes from a background of two personalities, his paternal traits more laid-back and reluctant and his maternal traits more outgoing and adventurous. At first thought, Bilbo refuses the calling Gandalf has placed on him but later becomes curious and his braver maternal traits begin to kick in as he accepts Gandalf’s challenge. They [hobbits] are certainly capable of extraordinary bravery and humaneness; living in burrows, their creator declares, doesn't amount to anything like an animal kink (Norman). Tolkien easily illustrates why Bilbo was chosen by Gandalf to complete the task of retrieving the treasured item as well as connecting the character to the story’s title. Bravery is the root of what Tolkien aims at the mind of the reader to pursue by using Bilbo’s strange adventurous self. Contrary to popular belief, the story was not written for children though published as a children’s book. In a New York Times interview, Tolkien explains, "'The Hobbit' was written in what I should now regard as bad style, as if one were talking to children. There's nothing my children loathed more. They taught me a lesson. Anything that in any way marked out 'The Hobbit' as for children instead of just for people, they disliked-instinctively. I did too, now that I think about it.” Tolkien decided to continue on his path of bravery in his next published work bringing in a new but almost identical character to that of Bilbo.
What made Tolkien begin to write this story was the desire of more stories from him that were similar in some way to The Hobbit. Shortly after the first story had become popular, publishers would begin asking Tolkien for another, per their reading audience’s requests. First taking time to think about it, Tolkien gave in and began writing the trilogy. “In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and...

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