Inside J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit

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The Hobbit is an extravagant novel that tells the heroic story of the Bilbo Baggins. Although this fictional novel is a fun and intense adventure story, the author’s themes are directed towards everyday life. Some of the themes that this novel entails are, the calling of becoming a hero, the trails that shape a person’s character, and the helpers in a person’s life that shape a person to be able to reach their full potential. J.R.R. Tolkien uses this novel to express these everyday themes.
The calling of a hero is one of themes that Tolkien expresses through the character Bilbo Baggins. A hero is directly defined as “a person who is admired for great or brave acts of fine qualities.” Fine qualities can consist of things such as strength, athletic ability, and also things like knowledge and people skills. Everyone has the ability to be a hero. The author wants to send the message that heroes can be made out of anyone. Becoming a hero isn’t about having skills and abilities, it’s about answering the call for a hero and using those things to impact the people around them. Tolkien created Bilbo to be a hobbit that keeps to himself inside of his home. Bilbo’s qualities were brevity and intelligence. Bilbo always has had the abilities to become a hero, but answering the call and taking the actions to be a hero was what set Bilbo apart from other hobbits. An up stander is hero everyday. Everyone has the ability to be brave enough to be an up stander no matter what class, race or
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