Themes In The Hobbit

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In the book the Hobbit, a young hobbit named Bilbo Baggins encounters a wizard named Gandalf who urges him to join him and a group of dwarves on a journey. Bilbo declines Gandalf’s offer after hearing about the dangers they may encounter but soon thinks twice about his decision and joins Gandalf and the dwarves on the journey. All through the journey, Bilbo and his crew face many obstacles including malicious goblins, wolfs, trolls, and other geographical obstacles. Throughout the book, many important themes can be represented by different characters. One theme represented in the story is “Bravery comes in all shapes and sizes” which is heavily portrayed by Bilbo as he faces challenges that many doubt him about. In addition, another theme that…show more content…
“Then something Tookish woke up inside of him and he wished to go see the great mountains.” Bilbo’s ancestors were Tookish and were in the Took family and were once great adventurers which explains the word Tookish inside that quote. Bilbo began to become a little more open minded and thought about the wonders of going on this quest and seeing the huge range of towering mountains. Bilbo was considering trying something new and something he had never done before which was going on an adventure with the dwarves and Gandalf. Likewise, another example of this theme can be found on pages 178-180 when Bilbo uses his invisible ring he found to save the dwarves in the dungeon. “First he unlocked Balin’s door and locked it again as soon as the dwarf got outside. Balin was most surprised as you can imagine; but he was glad to get out of his wearisome little stone room.” At the beginning of the story, Bilbo was more of a burden to the dwarves than a useful burglar and he was always the needing to be saved. Now at this point in the story, Bilbo has matured and developed as a character and his trying something new and putting behind his cowardness and helping the dwarves. Even the dwarves were surprised of how far Bilbo has evolved since they first met him especially when the text mentioned…show more content…
Another important part of the story was when J.R.R Tolkien started Bilbo off as a humble, small hobbit then gradually maturing in the story into a brave warrior doing what it takes to make things right. Tolkien’s writing helps the readers feel like they are in Bilbo’s shoes and also feel that they become braver and wiser as the story goes on. Tolkien’s elaborative description of Bilbo throughout the story helps show that bravery does come in all shapes and sizes. In addition, Tolkien first starts the story with some doubt and whether or not Bilbo can survive this strenuous journey. Tolkien gives a sense of doubt to the readers questioning them if Bilbo will survive or even go on the journey or will he become a brave warrior. Tolkien then makes Bilbo go on the journey and helps begin a new theme, “It’s good to try something new.” This was Bilbo’s first journey so it was obviously something new for Bilbo and the readers to read. After that, Bilbo’s courage and bravery builds up and he evolves greatly as a character. Tolkien slowly builds up Bilbo’s courage throughout the story to prove the theme that “It’s good to try something new.” It was good for Bilbo to go on the journey and good for the reader as they watch watch Bilbo become a better and braver character. This is why J.R.R Tolkien’s gradual style of writing helps support both of
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