Who was Bilbo Baggins at thestart of the Hobbit? timid comfortable complacent
When Gandalf talks him intogoing on the adventure withthe dwarves what happens? Bilbo becomes so frightened that he faints.
But what does Gandalf sayabout him? “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
Bilbo possesses hiddenreserves of inner strengthWhat are they? Bilbo prevails in the face of danger and adversity, justifying Gandalf’s early claim that there is more to the little hobbit than meets the eye. Students answer:
How did you do? Confronting the trolls escaping with Gollum’s ring slaying the spider rescuing the dwarves in Mirkwood As he builds confidence and resourcefulness, Bilbo emerges as a true hero.
Major turning point forBilbo-. “Somehow the killing of this giant spider, all alone by himself in the dark . . . made a great difference to Mr. Baggins. He felt a different person, and much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach, as he wiped his sword on the grass and put it back into its sheath. ‘I will give you a name,’ he said to it, ‘and I shall call you Sting.’ ” - Bilbo Baggins
Making of a hero From this point forward, Bilbo shows that he is capable of taking the initiative and acting in the best interest of the group rather than his own self-interest, as his ability to ignore his hunger shows. He upstages Thorin Oakenshield as a leader and establishes himself as a hero.
Making of a hero Defeating a the spider gives Bilbo a taste of the confidence that he has not previously enjoyed, making him feel “much fiercer and bolder in spite of an empty stomach.”
The differences among Tolkien’s imaginaryraces are a major focus of thenovel, particularly in its second half. Elves Dwarves Trolls Goblins
How are the characters differentfrom one anotherphysically, psychologically, andmorally?All goblins are evilAll elves are goodTrolls are stupidWizards are crafty
Difference in races The good races are portrayed as being in harmony with nature While the evil races are depicted as being at odds with natureExamples: The eagles’ decision to help the dwarves against the goblins. Beorn joining forces with the dwarves
Looking forward Notice ways in the upcoming chapters of howBilbo Baggins becomes a hero (leader) Look for differences in the races of the characters that we will be meeting.