Who Is Bilbo A Hero

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Most people, or creatures, aren’t heroes. To be a hero is usually to also be unique, strange, and sometimes very different from surrounding peers/ friends. All of these traits are present in Bilbo Baggins, the hero and protagonist of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, The Hobbit. Starting off as an ordinary hobbit in The Shire, Bilbo isn’t too different from other hobbits. This holds true until Gandalf one day comes to Bilbo’s door and invites him on an adventure. Little does Bilbo know, this adventure would bring out the natural hero he was from his Took DNA and change him forever. In The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien shows Bilbo Baggins as a hero by displaying Gandalf’s high hopes for Bilbo’s incredible potential, Bilbo saving the dwarves several times from danger with courage that was barely in him before, and Bilbo’s…show more content…
Though he wasn’t notably wise, courageous, or talented at the start of the journey, he learned quickly by most likely getting more in touch with his Took DNA and his other hidden potential(s) which were originally unbeknownst to him. Bilbo's clever way of thinking helps save the dwarves and himself several times. “Indeed [the dwarves] really expected [Bilbo] to think of some wonderful plan for helping them, and were not merely grumbling” (Tolkien 166). The dwarves begin to rely on Bilbo's ideas and plans on their journey instead of their own. Originally the dwarves had rejected Bilbo, but they learned how useful of a "burglar" and a hero he could actually be. Courage as well is represented several times by Bilbo throughout the novel, especially when he was the first and only of the group to visit Smaug in the mountain. “It was at this point Bilbo stopped. Going on from there was the bravest thing he ever did.The tremendous things that happen afterwards were nothing compared to it. He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone,before he ever saw the vast danger that lay wait” (Tolkien

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