Sunday, January 23, 2011
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.