Bilbo Baggins Essay

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Myrabel N’guessan-Gbe 10/22/11 English/Pd.7 In J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel, “The Hobbit”, the main character is Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo Baggins is a clean, well-to-do hobbit. He lives in a comfortable, cozy hobbit-hole in The Shire, a place between the River Brandywine and the Far Downs. He enjoys making different shapes of smoke rings while smoking his pipe and is very fond of visitors. As a Baggins, he never goes on adventures or does anything spectacular. In the beginning of the novel, Bilbo is hesitant toward an adventure because of his generally accepted beliefs. However, when he finally goes on an adventure he accomplishes a wise course of action, and also becomes practical and wise through insight. At first, Bilbo was wise through a generally accepted belief. For instance, page 2 in chapter 1, stated “The Bagginses…never had any adventures or did anything unexpected.” In view of the fact that Bilbo was a Baggins, he accepted the general belief that he was not to go on any type of adventure. This led him to be hesitant toward whether or not he should go on a suggested quest since he wasn’t used to that form of act, seeing that he was a Baggins. Later on, Bilbo had the sort of wisdom where he engages in a wise course of action. He does this by helping the dwarves escape from the wood-elves. Bilbo placed the magic invisibility ring on his finger. He then managed to position all of the dwarves in wine barrels and flow them down a river, out of the elves prison. Chapter 9 states “Bilbo sat and thought about this water-gate, and wondered if it could be used for his friend, and at last he had the desperate beginnings of a plan…so they sang as first one barrel and then another rumbled to the dark opening…They has escaped the dungeons of the king…” This quote proves that Bilbo gained wisdom through a wise course of action because his achievement resulted in the
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