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The Heroism Of Bilbo Baggins In The Hobbit By Jrr Tolkein

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A hero. Today, by definition, to be a hero is to have abundant power, the ability to have defiance, attain fame and wealth, and to have the intrepidity to conquer something difficult in order to help the ones who cannot defend for themselves. However, Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist of The Hobbit, by Johan Ronald Reuel Tolkein, is shown to be a hero without possessing any of these qualities. Although he is an indolent hobbit, he is offered to partake in an adventure as a burglar to help reclaim the Dwarves’ homeland from the dragon Smaug. Bilbo’s adequacy and heroism are shown in the adventure through his latent cunningness and courageous acts, and through the loyalty and devotion he shows ...view middle of the document...

His first acts that show courage are shown with how he deals with the rolls and when he encountered the spiders; however, these acts pale when compared to the amount of courage he had when he faced Smaug. When Bilbo heard Smaug snoring whilst he was walking down the tunnel, he realized “Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did. The tremendous things that happened afterwards were as nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait.” Here, Bilbo had to find the courage to continue, especially because he wasn’t sure what sort of danger laid ahead, but it certainly was there and coming. When he steeled himself and continued on, it was the single moment of deciding that was braver than anything else he had done because he proved to himself that he is capable and courageous; it was a journey of self-discovery. It is Bilbo’s willingness to continue to preserve and show courage and good thinking in the difficult situations he faces that separates him from the rest and defines him as a hero.

Throughout the adventure, Bilbo evolved and became much more loyal. Bilbo was able to show this through the commitment he showed to his friends and always placed others before himself. This act of heroism was revealed when his fellow dwarf companions were captured by the elves, and Bilbo willingly stayed and helped them. The narrator of the novel describes, “But all the while a very uncomfortable thought was growing inside him. He wondered whether he ought not, now he...

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