The Hero's Journey In The Hobbit

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In the novel ‘The Hobbit’, Tolkien has utilized various elements of fantasy to captivate the reader’s imagination. These elements include setting, characters and the Hero’s journey. These fantasy elements make ‘The Hobbit’ interesting because they are utilized to prove that one person no-matter how small or big they think they are, they can make a difference if they believe. In the novel ‘The Hobbit’ Tolkien creates an imaginary realm on a vast scale. The convincing detail and the description that Tolkien has used in creating the realm makes it possible for him to suspend are disbelief in the magic, Because the story is a journey the setting changes to describe a world with ancient forests like Mirkwood where the ‘Tree trunks were…show more content…
The hero’s Journey can be separated in to three parts, the call to adventure which is when Bilbo first meats Gandalf, where Gandalf proposers the adventure to Bilbo and because Bilbo is reluctant to go on an adventure Gandalf persuades him by telling his companions the dwarfs to go to Bilbo house. The second part is the challengers and obstacles Bilbo has to overcome like the threshold Guardians who are the trolls, spiders, goblins and the wargs who try to stop them from getting to the lonely mountain where the wicked Smaug lies. Another challenge for Bilbo is when he is alone separated from the Dwarfs and Gandalf like in Mirkwood and the goblins cave. The third part is the transformation of Bilbo during his journey ‘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...’ this is Bilbo’s reaction to his narrow escape from the giant spider of Mirkwood. Defeating a foe in combat gives Bilbo a taste of the confidence that he has not previously had, making him feel “much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach.” From this point forward, Bilbo shows that he is capable of taking the lead and acting in the best interests of the company rather than his own self. The Hero’s journey makes ‘The Hobbit’ stimulating because it shows that small people can make a difference in the world if they

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