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A Believable Hero What is a hero One commonly thinks of a man from another planet with super strength speed and vision or perhaps an untouchable sports figure But how often is a small plump hobbit who enjoys the comforts of his home and a routine consisting of tea time and afternoon snacks considered a hero In fact even such a person is considered a hero and Bilbo Baggins is this person In The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein Bilbo is nothing short of a hero For a hero does not have to be a towering man or a larger-than life sports figure but rather a person who has conquered his fears and accomplished his goal The Hobbit is a successful book because its tale takes an ordinary person and transforms him into a hero By nature Hobbits are not adventurers They are a peaceful people who enjoy being to themselves and having everything in order Never would a hobbit decide to leave on a quest of thievery and danger Like most hobbits Bilbo enjoys his snug little hole until he is confronted by Gandalf the wizard After some convincing this hobbit reluctantly signs a contract to help the dwarf Thorin and Thorins thirteen companions regain their familys treasure Despite his reluctance Bilbo turns out to be the most admirable character in the book Bilbo begins to show his valor and courage in each event that he encounters Early in the book when Bilbo and the dwarves are confronted by Trolls Bilbo courageously goes to investigate the situation Despite being caught he still shows courage Rather than having Bilbo become instilled with strength cunning and skill overnight Tolkein has him progress slowly but surely down his path to heroism which makes Bilbos story even more believable Each time Bilbo is confronted with a challenge however he becomes increasingly cunning and courageous After stumbling down a hole Bilbo is confronted by a creepy figure named Gollum Not
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