Essay On The Hobbit

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Born in South Africa in 1892, J.R.R. Tolkien is best known as the author of his trilogy, The Lord of the Rings (Baker). Neal Baker described Tolkien as “The most prominent fantasy writer of the twentieth century” (Baker 672). Before writing The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, which serves as a predecessor to the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. When The Hobbit was published in 1937 it received popular and critical acclaim (Baker). In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the concepts of an unconventional hero are depicted in the views and actions of Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo Baggins depicts these concepts through his reluctance to join an adventure, his reliance on wit and luck, and the changes and developments he experiences through his adventure.…show more content…
In this way Bilbo stands out as more relatable compared to more traditional heroes of the time period and genre. Because of this, Bilbo Baggins is categorized as the “Ego of the story” and “The reader’s dream” (O’Neill). This common interpretation of Bilbo’s character is also present in his actions throughout the story. Bilbo’s reluctance to adventure outside his home is an example of Bilbo’s unconventional actions as a hero.
In the beginning of J.R.R. Tolkien’s story, Bilbo is offered to join Gandalf, a mysterious wizard, on an adventure through Middle Earth. Gandalf visits Bilbo’s home uninvited. Bilbo adamantly declines Gandalf’s offer by saying “Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank you. Not today. Good morning! But please come to tea any time you like!” (Tolkien 7). Bilbo values a lifestyle of normalcy and stagnation. Later in the story however, his views

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