Development of Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit" Book Review

Development of Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit"
A review of "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkien with a focus on the character development of Bilbo Baggins from homebody hobbit to hero.
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Published on Jan 06, 2015 in Literature (English) , English (Creative Writing)

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The paper is a book review of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It reviews the book by focusing on the character development of Bilbo Baggins from homebody hobbit to hero. Story structure, written style, and in depth character development is covered.

From the Paper:

"The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J R R Tolkien, is the fantasy novel that weaves a tale of adventure, heroism, and bravery. Inspired by the great poem Beowulf, The Marvelous Land ofSnergs, middle class English life, and numerous other sources; The Hobbit can be seen as a new type of heroism tale. Said hero is not a great knight, or a wise king, but a friendly, peace loving, and brave hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. Hobbits are half the size of a normal man, have no need of shoes, love good food and drink, and peace loving creatures. The Hobbit could be viewed as almost a case study because while it is a fantasy tale, it is a transition tale of Bilbo Baggins coming into his own, and proving Gandalf the Grey wizard's statement true ""Let's have no more argument. I have chosen Mr. Baggins and that ought to be enough for all of you. If I say he is a Burglar, a Burglar he is, or will be when the time comes. There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself. You may (possibly) all live to thank me yet." Gandalf's testimony of the Bilbo's character sets the novel as a tale of a hero coming into his own. Throughout the novel J.R.R. Tolkien, though inspired by ancient tales of heroism, creates a new type of hero with Bilbo Baggins.
"Bilbo Baggins is the product of a Baggins father and a Took mother. The Baggins are known to be a well-to do, respectable lot, while the Tooks are extremely wealthy, and are quite prone to going off on adventures. In the beginning of the novel, we see the hero more as a Baggins--quieter, and a tad unwilling to leave the comforts of his hobbit hole at Bag End, then an adventurous and brave Took. This varies greatly from Beowulf, where the warrior hero Beowulf was highly sure of himself and his abilities, even to the point of being arrogant. Bilbo Baggins provides the reader with a different type of hero--a hero people can relate to. Who hasn't at one time in their life had inner conflict, did not believe in their selves, or felt like the smallest person in a scarily large and unknown world?"

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