The Hobbit: JRR Tolkien
Essay Topic 3
J.R.R Tolkien in The Hobbit introduces to the readers, Bilbo Baggins and Thorin Oakenshield. As J.R.R Tolkien originally presents the character Bilbo Baggins, he is introducing a timid, home-loving and unadventurous character. While he introduces the dwarf Thorin Oakenshield, he describes that he is honourable and is from a highly respected family of Dwarves. He then portrays the character Thorin as a typical dwarf, having the traits of being stubborn and greedy. While the story progresses, Bilbo gets a better reputation, as he faces his fears and proves his capabilities of being the worthy leader for the expedition. This changes the opinion of the readers as they find a new respect for Bilbo Baggins. The information that is assembled will be presented by the findings of each fact as the book is read further.
Bilbo Baggins, the main character of the story has many weaknesses which affect and distract him from the reality of the story. One of the examples of Bilbo’s bad habits would most definitely be his desires for the comfort of his hobbit-hole. This is stated several times throughout the book. An example of this is written on page 141, where it states, “…all night he dreamt of his own house and wondered in his sleep…” The hobbit, Bilbo also has the weakness of his essential belongings and can be tempted easily when it comes to the subject of food. He has real weakness for food as he constantly fantasises about it, especially bacon and eggs. Even in the little time he had spent away from his hobbit-hole, he had craved for eggs and even used it as one of his riddles in chapter 5. His pipe and tobacco would also be quite a significant factor to him as well. It states on page 91 that he was craving for a smoke from his pipe, to be reminded of the taste of the tobacco, but was stopped since he did not have any matches; this example proves that Tolkien is trying to show the reader the result of prevention in Bilbo’s...