The Hobbit Essay

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According to Dictionary.com a leader is “a person who rules, guides or inspires others”. Often a leader is more than that. Leaders care about the group as a whole not just their individual part. They see the big picture and help everyone else to see it too. They are the one the group looks up to and depends on. If the leader is lost almost always a new unlikely leader is bound to emerge. Leaders often do not know who they are until they are put in a position where they must lead for the success of the group. Leaders play a huge role in the book The Hobbit. Jack Welch summarizes the leader’s role in this book perfectly. Bilbo before he is a leader, Bilbo when he is a leader and Gandalf’s ...view middle of the document...

He would not have risked his well-being to help some dwarves he has no relation too without something in it for him.
After Gandalf leaves the company someone has to step up and help the group along. As a reader the best leader may appear to be Thorin Okensheild, but as the book continues Bilbo becomes the prominent leader of the company. “Bilbo saw that the moment had come when he must do something” (pg. 172). Bilbo realizes that he must do something to help the Dwarves and no one else is around to do it. Bilbo had no intentions of becoming a leader at the beginning of the story. Leaders are the people that take a stand not because they want to but because they must.
Bilbo saw that the time had come to explain his idea, as far as he could; but he did not feel at all sure how the dwarves would take it. His fears were quite justified, for they did not like it one bit, and started grumbling loudly in spite of their danger. […] “Very well!” said Bilbo very downcast, and also rather annoyed. “ Come along back to your nice cells, and I will lock you all in again, and you can sit there comfortably and think of a better plan—but I don’t suppose I shall ever get ahold of the keys again, even if I feel inclined to try” (pg. 195)
Bilbo knows what he must do to protect the Dwarves and he does not care that is risky or may be slightly uncomfortable. He does what is best for the group and ignores the fact that it may not be the best for him. Bilbo has now proved himself to the company and has to keep trying to keep them out of trouble.
Gandalf’s actions relate to the section of the quote when you become a leader, success is all about growing others. Gandalf protects the company without being overbearing. He protects them when needed but lets it be their own journey. “The sword...

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