Almost every hero adventurous novel seems to follow the same structure, known as the Hero Archetyapal journey; stages a hero must follow in order to obtain the reward he/she is seeking. The Hobbit, a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien resembles similarly (keep one like resembles)to the Hero Archetypal Journey. Bilbo, a secure and innocent hobbit joins the quest with a group of dwarves and a wizard, Gandalf, to retrieve Thorin’s kingdom hoard, stolen by a wicked dragon, Smaug. The most important stage in The Hobbit is stage 7, tests, allies and enemies, because “they made Bilbo stronger, braver and clever.” (Cite from the level 4 exemplar) We see this occur when the company is captured by the wood elves, when they are helped by the elves of Rivendell
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit,” writes J.R.R. Tolkien. Within Tolkien’s famous novel The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, thirteen dwarves, and a wizard named Gandalf embark on a journey to reclaim the dwarves’ long-forgotten gold. Although the story seems to be completely original and made of fresh ideas, it is actually influenced by previous literature, like other common novels. Many legends of King Arthur, with unknown authors, influenced J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
In the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, the main character, Bilbo Baggins, experiences dramatic change as he leaves his peaceful home to embark on a dangerous quest. Bilbo battles spiders, goblins and trolls hoping to help a company of dwarves reclaim their home from a dragon. He travels across Middle Earth and meets many different people along the way. The situations Bilbo is placed in define many of the elements of the story.
Bilbo’s story is a story of a hero’s journey. From his origins we do not see that Bilbo likes to go on adventures. However, his mother’s side of the family got the best of him and he does decide to go on the adventure. We will look at his call to adventure and why he decided to go on the trip. Next, we will look at Bilbo and the weapons and supernatural help he used. The final aspect we’ll look at is Bilbo’s trials and transformations and goals during Tolkien’s The Hobbit.
It all begins when a mysterious wizard by the name of Gandalf talks him to go on an adventure. Immediately, Bilbo turns down his offer since he was not interested in any adventures taking him away from his safe village. However, the next day, thirteen dwarves came to his house, reuniting to later set off on their quest. Soon, Bilbo finds out that he’s been recruited, unwillingly, as a burglar into Thorin’s expedition to retrieve his treasure. He becomes so frighten that he faints but reluctantly accepts. Nonetheless, the dwarves initially see him as a sort of a child who cannot possibly help them in their quest for treasure, but Gandalf assures them that there was more of the hobbit than meets the eye.
Fact 1: Bilbo Baggins went through several tasks that made his character grow. Through countless excursions into the wild it was obvious that Bilbo developed greatly into a wonderfully cheerful hero. After Bilbo beat Gollum in a game of riddles he became more confident in himself. Bilbo’s task was to solve a riddle that Gollum gave him. If he got the answer he lived. If he was wrong, Gollum would eat him. Bilbo was good at riddles and he defeated Gollum. Then Bilbo used his ring to escape. This event made him even more confident. Bilbo realized that he had accomplished a very tough task when he beat Gollum. This event also made Bilbo more skilled in being stealthy when he had his ring on.
The Hobbit, written by John R. R. Tolkien, is a fantasy novel published on September 21, 1937. It was written as a prelude to the famous series, The Lord of the Rings, written seventeen years later. The Hobbit introduces the reader to an incredibly immersive fantasy world, that enriches the reader into its epic storyline. The story takes place in a land called Middle-earth, a land filled with enchanting surprises and magical wonders. It was the perfect playground for Tolkien to develop his main character Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo Baggins was a small hobbit, who unaware in the beginning would become a large role in the plot. It is through this character that Tolkien implemented the theme of heroism into the story. Bilbo’s
Since the beginning of time, on every corner of the earth, there have been heroes who possess traits that make them important gifts to the world. The specific qualities that heroes possess influence their own lives and those of the people around them, specifically like the heroes in the epic “Beowulf” and the novel The Once and Future King. Each trait that Arthur and Beowulf possessed impacted major events in their lives, such as defeating Grendel in “Beowulf” or removing Excalibur from the stone in The Once and Future King. In both literary pieces, Arthur and Beowulf embark on quests in order to save their people. For both heroes, the effects of their actions differed, as well as many key happenings throughout their journeys. Both
Prior to the quest, Bilbo Baggins was a conservative, respectable and stubborn hobbit who lead a rich and comfortable life (Stephanie web). These characteristics, as well as safety and a dull existence, are typical of the Baggins
In 1949, Joseph Campbell discussed the hero’s journey, the foundation commonly used in stories throughout history. In J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the hero’s journey narrative is used to tell the story of Bilbo Baggins’s adventure. The novel follows Bilbo Baggins and a company of dwarves as they seek to take back the dwarves’ fallen kingdom. As the story progresses, Bilbo’s character develops and the dwarves perception of him develops through the many trials before the death of Smaug the dragon and the final battle between a variety of mythical creatures. In The Hobbit, the dwarves originally doubt Bilbo’s abilities but as Bilbo encounters more obstacles and succeeds, the dwarves perception turns to one of respect and admiration.
Have you ever read a book so enjoyable that you want to read it twice? Well, that's how I feel about The Hobbit. The Hobbit is a tale about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo goes on a wild adventure with 13 dwarves to try and reclaim The Lonely Mountain from the great dragon Smaug. The novel covers this whole story, while the movie that I watched, The Desolation of Smaug, only covered about a third of the tale. This story follows what’s known as The Heroic Journey, a format that explains the different parts that a narrative with a hero in it may have. The Hobbit is a great story; however, the book was made by an author who wanted to make a great story, while the movie was made solely to create profit. This is seen through differences such as where Gandalf goes in the book vs movie, what happens in Lake-Town, and how Smaug reacts to the company being at the mountain.
The hero’s journey begins with the hero being introduced in their ordinary world. This is where the reader learns about the hero’s background, flaws and strengths. This is so that the reader can establish a bond with the situation, which gives them experience of an adventure through the hero. In chapter 1 of The Hobbit, Tolkien introduces Bilbo Baggins as an ordinary hobbit who lives in an ordinary hobbit hole on the side of The Hill. In this chapter Tolkien hints towards Bilbo’s mother’s side, the Took-clan, who ‘something was not entirely hobbit like about them’ (Page 13).
Bilbo Baggins changes a lot in the novel The Hobbit. In the beginning he is a small peaceful Hobbit who lives in Hobbiton. He loves to keep things in order, and hates things that are disorganized. “Please be careful,” and “Please don’t trouble. I can manage” (Tolkein, 12). Then one day a wizard by the name of Gandalf comes and gives Bilbo the opportunity to go on an adventure. Bilbo turns his offer down, but the next day thirteen dwarves come to his house. They have meals together and they sleep at Bilbo’s house. Gandalf then convinces him to go on an adventure with them. Bilbo is many things, in the very begging he is flat, static, main, and he is the protagonist. By the end of the story he is round, dynamic, main, and he is still the
Not only does the portrayal of Bilbo’s character and underlying courage convey his heroism, but so does his sense of ethics. This is what truly makes him a unique, caring hero. While a typical hero’s motive is wealth and fame, Bilbo gave up his share of the dwarves’ treasure to help avoid war between two nations that severely despise one another (the elf and dwarf kingdoms). The fact that he was willing to give up his wealth to avoid war and for the good of other people marks a significant aspect of his heroism and explains why he is “more worthy to wear the armor of elf-princes than many that have
Courage, perseverance, and honor are all traits of a hero. Beowulf and King Arthur both share many qualities of a hero. The epic of Beowulf is about a great Geat that defeats the horrid Grendel of Denmark. The story, Once and Future King, is about the great King Arthur and how he became king and his reign in England. Beowulf is a fearless leader that defeats great monsters and deadly giants. Later in his life he defeats Grendel, Grendel’s mother, and a dragon. King Arthur was the outcast in his family; he did not fit in as a child. As he grows older, his tutor Merlyn teaches him about different values in life. King Arthur, formally known as Wart, becomes king when he pulls the famous sword from the stone. Both Beowulf and King Arthur shared many traits that made them epic heros.