The Tolkien 's The Hobbit

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The definition of a hero is an individual, man or woman, in which he or she exhibits immense courage, fortitude, and being humble. In today 's culture, one might think of Batman or Wolverine as heroes, however, in J.R.R Tolkien 's The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins redefines the entirety of the definition of a hero and deemed like no other. Throughout his adventure across middle-earth with the dwarves, Bilbo exemplifies several of these qualities. In contrast to both Norse and Anglo conceptions of heroism, Bilbo Baggins redefines the conception and definition of hero. In Norse and Anglo-Saxon culture, a hero is typically perceived as having god like attributes and flaws. Along with these qualities, Norse and Anglo heroes are warriors that fight for their polis and are worshiped upon by their people. They are well known and develop such a reputation for themselves that is typically described as fearful but outstanding. One of the most notable Norse/Anglo-Saxon heroes is Beowulf, from the 8th century epic: Beowulf. Beowulf is a prime example of the Norse/Anglo hero, and contrasts immensely with Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit. Beowulf is the protagonist from the country of Geats. He is requested by Hrothgar, the kings of Danes, who requires help. Hrothgar 's great mead hall, Heorot, is said to be terrorized by the demon Grendel. Some historians say Grendel is a direct descendant of Cain, from the Bible. Beowulf eventually kills Grendel brutally. His mother seeks revenge and Beowulf…

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