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The Transformation to a Hero: Bilbo Baggins Take a moment and think of what you would imagine a hero to be; what do you picture? You are most likely picturing someone tall, muscular, and handsome. In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins is an unlikely hero. In looking at his inadequate appearance it is almost unbelievable that he would change, and essentially save, Middle Earth. Bilbo Baggins was not a hero by any of today’s standards, but he did not need any of those characteristics. Bilbo possessed a hidden reserve of inner strength, that even he did not perceive when the quest began. In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins was transformed into an outstanding hero. Mr. Baggins was a man of many traits, yet courage, reliability, and intelligence made him most heroic. The first quality that Bilbo Baggins displayed which made him a hero was courage. Throughout the novel Bilbo demonstrates courage in multiple situations. For example, Mr. Baggins is very courageous when he slaughters the giant spider in the midst of the night. “Somehow the killing of this giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark . . . made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach, as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath” (Tolkien 156). Defeating this enemy in Mirkwood gives Bilbo a glimpse of confidence that he did not previously have. This is essentially a turning point for Bilbo Baggins, and he displays courage from this point on. Other instances in the novel, when Bilbo exhibits bravery, are when he enters the tunnel to Smaugs’ lair alone. Although Bilbo is horribly terrified, he still has the courage to do what he needs to. Another quality that Bilbo contains is reliability. Throughout the novel Bilbo has many chances where he is able to abandon the dwarves and Thorin. In fact, deserting the dwarves

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