Bilbo Baggins: an Unexpected Hero

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Bilbo Baggins; An Unexpected Hero

Bilbo Baggins, an unadventureous hobbit, is not an iconic symbol of bravery, but he remains a literary hero for his bravery, perseverence and integrity. Only a hero could riddle a dragon, slaughter a spider, and yet spare the life of a small, ugly creature who has threatened to eat him. Such is the legacy of Bilbo Baggins, a mere hobbit, whose Tookish blood got the better of him. Often, when heros are mentioned, Hercules is a name that is thought of; Alas, Bilbo and this hero are not that dissimilar. For instance, Hercules is very cunning, tricking atlas, god of the skies to hold the atmosphere for another 1000 years. Not only is Bilbo cunning, being able to solve all of Golem’s riddles, but he is
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Golem and Bilbo battle it out with riddles, and Bilbo finally stumps him as to what is in his pocket. Golem still pursues him when he realizes Bilbo had obtained his “birthday present”. But, Bilbo slips on the ring and manages to evade him. Although killing the creature was tempting, Bilbo feels, “A sudden understanding, a pity mixed with horror, welled up in Bilbo’s heart.” (87) He realizes it’s not a fair fight. The difference between Bilbo and a hero who kills without second thought, is that Bilbo has enough feeling in his heart to know when it’s not worth it.
Not only is Bilbo kind, but he has perserverence to be envied. Facing a nearly invincible dragon is not the easiest job in the world, and Bilbo was the one who was hired. Not only was itdifficult, it was what Bilbo feared most. (I need a good quote to put here.This has to be filled and the importance needs to be added).
Heros are not always tall, blonde and muscular. Sometimes they can be found deep in a hole eating their second or third breakfast. It’s how they become heroes. As Peter S. Beagle said once, “Heroes know that things must happen when it is time for them to happen. A quest may not simply be abandoned; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever; a happy ending cannot come in the middle of the
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