Bilbo's Heroism Essay

1553 WordsApr 14, 20157 Pages
A Hobbit’s Journey to Heroism Joseph Campbell, a prominent mythologist, writer, and lecturer, once said, “Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” Challenges enlighten the abilities hidden deep inside oneself and tend to make use of those abilities, usually, at crucial moments. In the heart-throbbing and adventurous novel The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, a meek little hobbit, sets out with a company of dwarves to reclaim a hoard of treasure originally stolen by the dreadful dragon, Smaug. Throughout the novel, the author J.R.R. Tolkien depicts the Hero’s Journey in which the main protagonist, Bilbo, travels. Since the call to adventure which begins the journey, significant transformations of Bilbo’s character become prevalent through the way he reacts to challenges along his adventure. Bilbo goes through many transformations, both small and large, while going through the many stages of the Hero’s Journey, such as the acceptance of the Call, the crossing of the Threshold, the facing of the Challenges, the Abyss, the Atonement, and finally, the Return of the journey. When Gandalf, a mysterious wizard, calls Bilbo to adventure, Bilbo declines the offer, as like the other hobbits, Bilbo thinks that it is a disgrace to go on adventures. Bilbo describes adventures as “nasty disturbing uncomfortable things! [Makes] you late for dinner! [He] can’t think what anybody sees in them” (Tolkien 4). Considering his daily life surroundings have negative opinions about going on adventures, it is unsurprising that he feels this way. The fact that Bilbo never ventures out of his comfort zone proves that Bilbo most likely does not really know the excitement of being on an adventure. When Gandalf invites Bilbo to join the dwarves, he is flabbergasted. At this point in the journey, Bilbo does not have enough courage to accept their offer and

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