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Tolkien uses isolation to progress his characters growth through completing trials and over coming fears After these battles he has them enter communities where they are able to recuperate Both of the adventures begin with an isolated area called the Shire These hobbits have been cut off from society for a long time They are wary of strangers and do not know much about other races Hobbits pretty much keep to themselves and do not like trouble or change The hobbits that go on these journeys know nothing except the simple life they lead as hobbits Yet by the end they are heroes of Middle-earth Bilbo and Frodo go through such an amazing personal growth that they are invited to travel West with the Elves It was by enduring tests and trials that these hobbits were able to grow beyond being naive and afraid to becoming heroes Bilbos transformation is especially easy to witness Before the journey begins he is a solitary hobbit in an isolated community When Gandalf shows up at his door he does not seem to like the idea of an adventure yet he chooses to go of his own free will He begins his journey by running to catch up and continues to be in the back of the group throughout the quest He is the only hobbit out of Gandalf and thirteen dwarves Right away he stands out from the crowd Ironically he is often ignored because the dwarves dont respect his opinion and dont value his contrabution He is alone within this group and alone for many of his trials His first test is when he is sent to steal food from the trolls His naivety is obvious and causes him trouble Next he cleverly out riddles Gollum and is able to achieve his freedom After this encounter Bilbo is feeling more confident part of this might be the ring and he considers going back into the Misty
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