The Hobbit Essay

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Lane 1 A Hero in a Hobbit Mentality Throughout dozens of legendary heroic tales, heroes can be found in the most unexpected places. Harry Potter was a mistreated orphan, who was destined for greatness. Nobody, including himself, thought that he would amount to be anything, until he was told that his extraordinary fate was already set. Much like Harry Potter, Bilbo Baggins, a former stereotypical Hobbit turned Tookish hero, chose to fulfill the strenuous tasks set before him, and gradually transformed into a hero. In The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien, Bilbo Baggins is called to an adventure, and his heroic traits including perseverance and leadership rise to the occasion. A hero is not defined by their race, religion, or orientation, but rather by their actions and behavior towards others in times of need. Throughout the overwhelming number of issues that Bilbo has had to overcome, he continually persevered and defeated his enemies, which ultimately determines him to be a hero. When Bilbo goes into Gollum’s cave he is in complete darkness, leaving himself to be very vulnerable, but he does not let the fear of being killed slow him down. As he continues to make his way through the darkness “ he guessed as well as he could, and crawled along for a good way, till suddenly his hand met what felt like a tiny ring lying on the floor of the tunnel” (68). Bilbo showed a large amount of perseverance in this situation because as he travels though the tunnel in complete darkness, he has no idea what challenges he might have to face ahead. It takes a great hero to soldier on into the unknown without anything keeping him safe. Bilbo shows immense bravery and Lane 2 courage by journeying on into Smaug’s lair to obtain the gold that the dwarves desire so desperately. The reality that he must face Smaug terrifies him, so he overcomes his fears “forgetting all the danger [and

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