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Heroism In The Hobbit

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Pattern of Heroism Fantasy author J.R.R Tolkien once said, “All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost.” In one of Tolkien’s best- selling novels, The Hobbit, the main character Bilbo Baggins, who was a timid and quiet creature, sets off on an adventure after being dragged out of his hobbit hole by Gandalf and thirteen dwarves. With all starting out as a simple adventure, soon turned into a race against time. Between saving the dwarves and battling the powerful dragon Smaug, Bilbo could see he was slowly becoming a hero. Since The Hobbit was an adventure packed story, Tolkien modeled the qualities of a hero and the plot leading to…show more content…
Thomas Malory’s King Arthur and Betsy Hearne’s Sir Gawain and The Loathly Lady are examples of how heroism is a key event in most stories. In King Arthur and in The Hobbit, the main character starts out as not being trusted and being very quiet and non- adventurous but is soon transformed into an important and honourable figure. “Then stood the kingdom in great jeopardy a long while, for every lord strengthened himself, and many a one thought to be king rather than be ruled by a child that they had never known.”(Thomas Malory’s King Arthur) As a comparison to what happened in The Hobbit, “As soon as I clapped eyes on the little fellow bobbing and puffing on the mat, I had my doubts. He looks more like a grocer-than a burglar!”(The Hobbit) In The Hobbit, Bilbo is the character whom Dalin distrusts and thinks, “he looks more like a grocer than a burglar.” Yet later on, Bilbo ends up saving the dwarves and takes the Arkenstone and retrieves the treasure from Smaug. In King Arthur, the child Arthur was not trusted to rule the kingdom. Later, he proves himself worthy by drawing the Excalibur from the stone and becomes king. Another pattern in both stories is that the character receives something before becoming a hero. In The Hobbit, “Bilbo pinched himself and slapped himself; he gripped on his little sword; he even felt in his pocket with his other hand. There he found the ring he had picked up in the…show more content…
Before Bilbo and King Arthur become successful and almost everyone knows about them, they seem as though they are secondary or minor characters. When Bilbo first gets noticed by Gandalf, he becomes very apprehensive about the adventure, “I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it's very difficult to find anyone.” “I should think so - in these parts! We are plain quiet 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,” said our Mr. Baggins, and stuck one thumb behind his braces, and blew out another even bigger smokering. Then he took out his morning letters, and begin to read, pretending to take no more notice of the old man.”(The Hobbit) On the other hand in King Arthur, just flat- out nobody knows about Arthur, “Then stood the kingdom in great jeopardy a long while, for every lord strengthened himself, and many a one thought to be king rather than be ruled by a child that they had never known.” (King Arthur) Yet they seem very different, in both stories the character at first is unknown. In order to get noticed, In The Hobbit, Bilbo is asked by Gandalf to embark on a journey with Gandalf and the dwarves in order to retrieve back the treasure. In King Arthur, Arthur brings back the sword to Sir Ector and he tells the
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