Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bilbo's Development

As Elwing said, I too believe Tolkien wrote Bilbo's coming into his bravery in order to make the hobbit more relatable to his readers. Bilbo, who is quite childlike in stature, inspires children and adults alike. Even the smallest of creatures can do great things. Like Professor Donovan said, the true meaning of bravery is doing something even when you're afraid. Though Bilbo is scared out of his mind throughout half of his adventures, he still completes difficult tasks and comes up with brilliant plans and saves the dwarves many times. Tolkien's use of hobbits in all of his stories serves as a reminder that there is bravery and the ability to do great things inside all of us.

1 comment:

Finwe said...

I agree that his bravery is developed through his tasks. I think it displays the archetype of a hero. The hero at first refuses to try or step up to the challenge handed to him. To become the hero that is expected from him/her he must overcome a series of tasks to prove his or her worth, valor, and ingenuity. Bilbo did not want to go on the journey in the first place, still wanting to be back home throughout the adventure, but proves in times of peril that he has the wits and bravery that Gandolf saw in him in the first place. With the riddles with gollum he proves his wit by tricking gollum into showing him the exit and is bravery to overcome his fear in the goblin's caves,killing the enormous spiders, and rescuing the dwarves from the wood elves. Typically this change in a new hero is permanent but toward the end he does a complete 360. He betrays thorin by giving away the arkstone,and hides during the last major fight.