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The Unexpected Journey Essay

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I. Subject
The Hobbit is a novel about the adventures of a hobbit as he embarks on an unexpected adventure. The story begins by describing a humble hobbit-hole located in a world filled with magic and where mysterious creatures flourished. The home belonged to the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo, the protagonist of the story, lived a simple, happy life and wouldn’t want to change a thing. He dreaded anything unexpected; when a wizard named Gandalf came looking for someone to go on an adventure, Bilbo tried all he could to avoid joining. Unfortunately for him he found himself traveling with thirteen dwarfs and a wizard on a quest to take back their stolen treasure from a fierce dragon.
Near the beginning of their journey, Bilbo was quite vulnerable to the dangers and was frequently rescued by the others. As he progressed through the quest, he went on his own little adventures which helped him become braver and wiser. He found the One Ring of Power which made him invisible; it served a great use for the dwarfs and especially Bilbo from when they were endangered. Gandalf had to leave the party halfway through the quest and the dwarfs feared that they wouldn’t go far without him, but Bilbo was a great help to the dwarfs as they progressed through their journey. He gained respect from the others because of his courageous feats of heroism.
The group finally reached the dragon’s lair on a mountain known as the Misty Mountains. They had successfully regained the treasures, but rumors of the dead dragon’s treasure attracted creatures from all over the lands to head towards the mountain. This led to a war known as the Battle of Five Armies where the dwarfs, elves, and humans fought against the goblins and Wargs. Bilbo did not participate in the war because he had become unconscious from a head injury. When he woke up he found that they had won the war. He claimed his share of the treasure and returned back to his hobbit-hole after the long adventure. Although he lost respect from his neighbors for going on an adventure; Bilbo Baggins’ experience in the quest changed his character for the better and changed how looked at life.
II. Theme
The theme of The Hobbit is discovering of one’s identity in the world. Tolkien focuses on Bilbo Baggins as he transforms from a sheltered hobbit into a courageous hero. He showed the process of maturation as Bilbo finds his sense of purpose. Bilbo changed drastically from when he first started and helped him survive his ordeals.
In the beginning of the novel Bilbo encountered a mysterious wizard named Gandalf. At first he tried to be kind towards Gandalf, but once after Gandalf mentions he’s looking for an adventurer, Bilbo became nervous and uncomfortable. He showed his disapproval of adventures by saying: “We are plain folk and have no use for adventures. Nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! Make you late for dinner! I can’t think what anybody sees in them” (Tolkien 4). Tolkien showed Bilbo’s opinion on things...

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