Hobbit Essay; Bilbo Baggins, a Hero

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The Hobbit Essay
Many science fiction fantasy novels have a hero or heroine. In J.R.R Tolkien’s novel the hobbit Bilbo Baggins is a hero, Even though he finds a ring of invisibility that allows him to preform surprising feats. Some of his acts of heroism are when Bilbo make his first attempt at burglary when he steals from the trolls, when he creates a plan to free his friends from the ElvenKing and follows it through and when he goes down to visit Smaug for the first time to fulfill a promise.

The first act of Bilbo’s heroism is when he makes his first attempt at burglary when he steals from the trolls. Even before Bilbo steals from the trolls he is told by the dwarfs “Now it’s the burglar’s turn.” (33 Tolkien) And by Thorin “You
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He soon figures out that barrels come and go from Lake Town down the river and that the Wood Elves would be clearing out the old barrels that very night. He steals the keys from the sleeping butler and unlocks the prison cells of the dwarfs and crams them into barrels. When all the dwarfs are in barrels Bilbo realizes he has put others before himself and is without a barrel. Bilbo Baggins has saved 13 dwarfs and they are on course to complete their adventure.

Finally the last example of Bilbo’s heroism is a battle against himself when he goes to visit Smaug the first time. In The Hobbit Tolkien states “[Bilbo] fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait” (200). Bilbo had to urge himself to continue down the tunnel to Smaug’s lair. Only a true hero would continue to walk towards a certain death, and that’s just what Bilbo Baggins did. Not only did Bilbo continue but he, being a burglar, stole a golden cup right in front of Smaug to! Bilbo is a hero for facing his fears and continuing to fulfill a promise.

Bilbo Baggins is a hero, even though he has some help along the way from his friends. He is courageous because he made his first attempt at burglary from trolls, he puts himself before others and frees his friends from the ElvenKing and he is brave and loyal when he goes down to visit Smaug for the first time to fulfill a promise. I hope I have proved Bilbo Baggins to be
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