Thorin and Bilbo-The Different Concepts of Heroism in the Hobbit

Generally, a hero is an important character and a warrior within a story. The story is not a novel around a disconnected hero, but rather it has companionship, which is a center worth. Tolkien utilized essential topics as a part of his book, which included morals, resurrection, and courageous improvement (Dillow 108). Different characters are utilized by Tolkien to shape his picture of a hero. The book is more than only kids’ experience as it is a chatty of self-improvement, morals, and a tale of war. With the protagonist Bilbo, it is easier for a person to feel sympathy as one can discouraged in life. Despite Bilbos small size, he develops into a hero. The plot describes how Bilbo joins an organization of thirteen dwarves together with Gandalf-the old wizard, and his adventure to desolate mountains. He aims towards recouping the old fortune which had been taken and monitored by the Dragon Smaug (Wiklnder 12). Bilbo returns home with empathy, development and fortitude. Such an act is contrary to the opinion of many who thought that he could come with piles of Gold and precious metal.

Comparison between Thorin and Bilbo

Bilbo has a tender heart, which he can’t see when he sets up on the mission. The store incorporates; standing up to the trolls, slain the spider, speaking face to face with dragon Smaug, rescuing the dwarves in Markhood, and escaping the Gollums ring. Bilbo emerges a true hero through building his confidence and wit (Drysdale785). He has conflicting feelings of fear and courage, while Thorin is not afraid of anything. For instance, Bilbo conflicting fear and courage are portrayed as the battle Baggins side and his Took side, alluding individuals to his father’s and his mom’s families. On the other side, Thorin is elevated to look for fortune under the mountain since it is his bequest which was going down from his grandfather. Thorin is a legend who plunged from the rulers of Dale. The race is principally a determinant of once good standing, whereby as Thorin depicted, a family has more to do with one’s particular identity.

Bilbo is adventurous because; he is a Took. He is likewise great since he is a circle. In extra Bilbo is not the typical saint that the greater part of us and acquainted with. He is not manly, does not take part in the war, and very small in size (Drysdale 785). Nevertheless, Bilbo is a hero due to several reasons. He fulfills a quest, settles on some brave choices in light of his morals, and acquires a weapon. On the other side, Thorin is a hero, but he doesn’t struggle to portray his ism life, Bilbo. Some traditional heroic characteristics are normally utilized as part of molding a hero, and this is depicted from how Bilbo starts his adventure. At the point when Bilbo goes to the dwarves to execute the mythical serpent and recover the fortune, there are numerous inspirations for his gallant activities (Emery 65). To begin with, he kills down the Dragon to vindicate the Dwarves implications for the sake of his popularity. Besides, the fortune that he is after, finally furnishes him with riches. His explanations for taking a pledge to go the gallant endeavor are for the purpose of popularity and riches. It is through this that Bilbo takes a formal pledge of distinction and riches when tolerating terms recorded by Thorin in a letter. Through tolerating the new contract terms, Bilbo acknowledges setting Thorin off on a mission of executing a mythical beast, which is a run of the mill courageous opening. Nonetheless, Bilbo is not a cliché legend, but rather he is prepared to kill down the Dragon in the battle and get his part of the fortune. Bilbo brave ways lead him to different spots which are less unsurprising. The impression of Bilbo as a legend appears to be more subtle. However, his activities are more radiant (Emery 67). A conventional legend will clearly kill down the mythical beast as a method for exacting retribution for his predecessors to achieve acclaim and wonderfulness for his deeds. In the last end, he might guarantee the fortune to be his own. Popularity and riches are explanations for Bilbos enterprise. This is not what makes Bilbo a Hero. He is a hero by the graciousness and his liberality as apparent through his demonstration of doing good to other individuals.

Dying at the end

Toward the end, Bilbo obtains some legend qualities in the wake of tolerating the journey of killing a mythical serpent and recapturing an antiquated fortune. He gains a sword and sledges, even though he spares his numerous companions from perils. In any case, he is not a solid, or the manly character one can envision a hero to be. Bilbo is a saint by heart and valor, for he is not tall, nor strong, as confirmed when he saves Gollum and gives his fortune to the general population of Lake Town (Emery 65). Bilbo settles on a courageous choice not to take part in the skirmish of the five armed forces as this is the place Beorn spares the day by killing down the Goggling pioneer. It is his tendency to evade any indications of war by offering his offer of fortune, as an offer of peace prompting the depiction of chivalrous activities.

Their Development


Thorin is the leader of the dwarves who is focused in embarking on a quest treasure journey. However, Thorin is a brave, stubborn, greedy, and proud boy. Initially, Thorin seems like a fairly heroic female through his birthright and noble bearing. The dwarf status declines when Bilbo arises. It is soon evident that Thorin is not a true leader shortly after Gandalf leaves the party. Thorin is not capable of formulating a plan, and he relies so much on Bilbo for his success in the adventure he makes (Kunicki 240). In addition, Thorin also makes poor decisions in a very hasty manner, hence the result of his failures. Once Thorin gets his Smaug’s treasure, he tended to be insatiable and fixated such a great amount of riches to the degree that he tends to lean towards bringing on war than giving other men their offer of their fortune. He is halfway reclaimed by his withering expression of remorse to Bilbo and it is by his remorseful actions that he would redeem himself to become saved. Thorin tends to be very arrogant in his works as he sets off Bilbo best qualities and creates a chance that provides Bilbo to become a true hero.


Once Bilbo forms into a legend, resurrection is a vital step that implies the start of existence. Bilbo necessities to experience numerous progressions before he achieves autonomy are much evident in his struggle. There are numerous strides that Bilbo needs to experience. The subject of resurrection arrangements by stepping for vital advancement. Sack End is the place Bilbo lives, which is a circle home produced using an opening in the ground. It is depicted an agreeable as Bilbo lives in an exceptionally quiet and residential environment. He is around 50yrs of age, and his age makes him be viewed as a prostitute (Kunicki 250). Conversely, he lives the uninvolved life like a kid as he has no achievement in life. He is a youngster in size, and not experienced in his conduct. There were commotions of the awesome creature fighting on the floor and Bilbo ponders what it was and on the off chance that he could kill them. He was so confused that he had to dive under the blankets and hide his head. It is his childish behaviors that made him innocent and the reason for his sensitivity. His ambition is to be mature and keep his innocence as well. However, before he leaves the dwarves, he is required to polish his plate, sit in his pocket and smoke his funnel while never leaving home. Hancock and Green Have thought about Bilbo’s home as the womb of her mother. The comparison is because the womb of her mother is very comfortable, what’s more, confined from the outside world. In this setting, the beginning of another life is compared with rebirth. The mother’s womb is a suppressing concept since, it has just been said in the book. The Bilbo dead mother is also mentioned in a heroic development. Despite the story lacking, many women the story has a male pronoun. However, the female symbols are found especially in a female environment (Staats 350). One of the major female symbols is the womb-like hobbit hole. On the other hand, Bag-End is an image in the novel where Bilbo is protected yet not autonomous (Kunicki 254). He strolls and keeps running in a rush through the long hallway when he leaves his Dwarves to face the outside world. Childbirth is represented in this scene. Bilbo’s rebirth is more of psychological maturity than physical aging. Bilbo identifies himself with the rest of the world as he lives his home through his influences ad decisions. His domestic life is a competition with his adventurous side and this cause homesick. By complaining about wanting to get back home, his childishness is evident. Bilbo regrets why he left his home without important necessities like a pocket handkerchief whereas; the handkerchief might not be a luxury component of a journey. It symbolizes a child’s comfort blanket to be used. Therefore, when Bilbo realizes that he forgot his handkerchief back at home, he feels uncomfortable in his journey. In this regard, Gandalf provides him with several handkerchiefs to comfort him during the journey.  Such an incident marks positive consequences as Bilbo initiates his first step towards independence. On the other hand, the consequences of rebirth can be seen when Bilbo gets on with three trolls. By getting away from the trolls, Bilbo creeps away with these facts of freedom (Staats 360). The peak of the story happens amid the meeting with mythical serpent Smaug. Here, Bilbo strolls alone through the dull opening approach to Smaug; henceforth, depicts his mettle as the gap way is extremely dim and risky. The end of the passages lies the Dragon that could end Bilbo’s life quickly. Despite this dangerous adventure Bilbo continues in the tunnel, knowing that he has made his greatest accomplishments on his way there.

One of the important themes portrayed in Bilbos development is rebirth. His house is an image of her mom’s womb, the spot where he lives to his grown-up age. Bilbo is reawakened when he leaves his Shire and Dwarves and hurries through his hole way and out of the entryway (Staats 370) Through doing this, he is renewed and ready to face the world. He is supervised by Gandalf whom he considers a master teacher. Gandalf takes him through various steps in life which make him forget his handkerchief and homesickness together with creeping from the trolls. These encounters make Bilbo another individual and motivate him to wind up a legend. When he walks through the dark tunnel, his heroism is reaffirmed.

 Different Concepts of heroism (Thorin and Bilbo)

The readers miss the most of the battle when a rock lands on Bilbo’s head, and he says goodbye to Thorin by making peace in his passing bed. The chivalrous deed connected with Bilbo is momentous as they neglect to change him. Through his bravery, he finds capacities which had been obscured for him. In addition, he is extremely cautious not to be excessively self-important or give up his qualities faints. He later wakes up just. Thorin helps Bilbo by acknowledging to his simple lives of hobbits in their final conversation.  Bilbo draws strength from the advice he encounters on his heroic quest. It is evident that Bilbo stays true to himself all along by his decision to return to Hobbiton. The war is not beatified due in consequence of death portrayed in the story.  Thorin makes an encouragement to Bilbo by arguing that the world will be merrier if everyone valued food. In this way, Thorin portrays Bilbo as an altruist character (Siklova 136). Thorin links Bilbo into a thief who takes from the rich and provides for poor. Along these lines, Bilbo understands the value of treasures. Henceforth, he takes two chests of Gold and silver on his way back home. Despite his share being greater, that is the much he could take home. On his way back home, Bilbo makes peace with Elvenkilj and promotes their friendship. Also, through his confessions, Bilbo gains a clear mind and develops the sense of right and wrong as he develops the role of the burglar. However, he never steals out of greed, but steal the necessary items such as food, keys, and arknstone. Bilbo uses the arknstone as an exchange for peace. In this way, Bilbo portrays himself as an honest burglar. Despite being a burglar, he doesn’t feel like one due to his honesty. His clear innocence and focus in dealing with important goods like gold leads to him becoming a hero.

One of the characters connected with a regular hero as in case of Thorin is physical quality. Run of the mill hero has constantly shown to have an additional remarkable quality that they use to kill their adversaries (Emery 62). In many experts, the average saints are connected with achievement in fights, where they are known not a few individuals. The other trademark connected with the moral legend is valor. Epic legend (Thorin and Bilbo) has no trepidation for their lives and are additional gallant in experiencing any restriction. In a few occurrences, an epic saint experiences the test alone by battling the mythical serpent with no assistance. The third normal for an epic saint is connected with the  honorable beginning. Such an honorable birthplace, gives the saint the favored of social improvement in the general public. What makes a man a legend is not just connected with his accomplishments, the cottage likewise connected with the distinction he increases through his backgrounds hero. Subsequently, quality boldness and honorability are the most noticeable normal for an epic hero.

The Quality of heroism

In all heroic tales, at least, one or more heroic trait must be illustrated. These traits are always coined by things such as; strength, courage, thirst for glory, vengeance and honor. Most of these traits usually have a positive connotation surrounding the ideals of a hero. The positive aspect of these qualities is mostly used to describe the main hero (Emery 66). Tolkien goes a step further by introducing the same heroic ideals of honor and desire for vengeance.  Therefore, the reader comprehends that some of these traits may not appear heroic. On the other hand, it is established that the same ideal possessed by the heroes may not be found in anti-heroic characters. In the story of Hobbit the readers are shown that heroic ideal may not even be present in the final hero.

In the Hobbit vengeance begins with heroic deeds, but falters later before the heroic deeds are seen. Thorin vengeance portrays ism as they seek to kill Smaug and steal his riches. Thorin is determined to take Smaug treasures despite having more pleasure at his disposal. Certainly, this story would not have taken place without Dwarves wanting retribution. Therefore, retribution appears to drive the plot as Bilbo leaves on a journey for reprisal. Later in the story, the focus begins to shift from vengeance to survival. This is evident in Bilbo’s adventure throughout the story (Zimbardo 22). Bilbo quickly realizes that courage and vengeance alone will not do him any good. Bilbo realizes that he needs to be smart enough to stay alive and not just to be driven by courage. In this regard, he uses his intelligence more than any other character in the story to avoid trouble with others. He almost burst his brain to think of riddles that could save him from being eaten during his adventure. From here it is evident that traditional ideals of ism such as courage and bravery may not be necessary for one to become a hero. Bilbo is almost brought into trouble by his initial thirst for vengeance.  On top of the Lonely Mountains, vengeance drives the motives of Dwarves. However, the Dwarves are careful not to exact their revenge, but instead, look into Bilbo for guidance. They call Bilbo to perform his services and earn his reward upon performing his action.  This comes as a surprise as powerful and royal characters rarely behave that way.

Reasons of Tolkien Portraying ism in Different Ways


            Tolkien used the aspect of gender to portray ism. According to Tolkien, a traditional hero is bound to male qualities that are associated with the masculine body. Such masculine qualities are used to defeat the enemy (Zimbardo 24). However, the Hobbit portrays the feminine to be a hero as well. In most cases, heroes are associated with strong stereotypical man or a mighty warrior. In this regard, people like Hercules King Arthur and Beowulf are considered heroes due to their great accomplishment in slaying the monsters. In the Hobbit, Beorn is a stereotypical based on the thick black beard, great arms, and great muscles. In his body appearance, Beorn looks like a big bear. In the Battle, Beorn fights and slays the Goblin leader single handed. In this way, he turns the tide in his favor. Despite being a warrior with a strong masculine body and fiery temper Beorn has a feminine side. Gandalf warns Bilbo to be patient with Beorn when they meet in his houses. As a male, Beorn is not very polite, and Bilbo expects him to be hostile.  However, Bilbo is surprised that he is a vegetarian and animal lover. Beorn provides Bilbo with food, weapons and a pony for his company. Beorn is portrayed as a normal saint with muscles and as a warrior who spares the day in the Battle of Five Armies. He has female characteristics of being, loving and caring portrayed by Tolkien in his book. This is in unison with Tolkien description of an hero in Susan Hancock.


The aspect of feminism can be seen in several personalities as portrayed by Tolkien in describing the heroism. The feminine qualities posed by Beorn such as caring makes him become a  hero in the community. On the other hand, Bilbo is likewise seen as a female hero, as he is neither solid nor tall and infrequently partakes in the fight. Bilbo is depicted as an emotional, childish and sensitive character (Wiklnder 5). Due to her characters, Bilbo has no opportunity to battle with Beorn on a physical level. Despite not having the physical characteristic of a good warrior, Bilbo and Beorn are very emotional towards living things such as animal and plants. Unlike Beorn, Bilbo’s ism is seen in her ethical behavior, wisdom, and courage. Her wisdom is evident when he decides to spare Gollum life and penances his offer of fortune to the general population in need. Throughout the story, Tolkien portrays Bilbo as a sensitive ideal. He doesn’t fight the war with the intention of violence, but fights the war with a good purpose.

Attitude of Violence

State of mind towards viciousness is additionally utilized as an essential part of gallantry. By generalization, a saint postures weapon with names and a protective layer. Bilbo obtains the sword Sting, the ring of imperceptibility and a chain that fit in with an Elf-ruler. He gets the sword as a prize for burgling the way to the fortune of the trolls (Wiklnder 6). Through this, Bilbo figures out how to get something which is out of the compass to many people, a key symbol of heroic power. This sword is of great importance as it gives him greater influence and heroic power in the community. The sword together with the ring of invisibility enables Bilbo to have the courage and strength that he can use to slay the dragon.   He manages to kill the giant spider single handed in the dark without the help of anybody. This makes him a man of great influence in the society.  Despite having an empty stomach, Bilbo still looks much fiercer and bolder.

Thorin and Gandalf gain swords with extraordinary names, such as Glamdring, the fore-hammer, and Orcrist, the Goblin Cleaver. The naturally occurring sword, is used to represent the power of great heroes’ gods,and the king’s. Example, in the wake of executing the bug, Bilbo names his sword Sting (Wiklnder 7).  The sword enables Bilbo to develop from a kid to a man and a military legend. With this sword, Bilbo is feared as a significant warrior in the community. Despite his insignificant size, the bitter sword provides Bilbo with great courage.

Bilbo does not just utilize the sword for killing enemies, but he uses it for other important social events in the community. Despite having the chance of joining the battle of five armies as a warrior, he renounces war. It is evident that Bilbo uses his sword mainly for self-defense as can be seen when he saved the Dwarves. Bilbo also portrays the quality of mercy by sparing Gollum’s despite having raised his sword to slay him.


The last words from Bilbo illustrate the current symbol estimation of the Hobbits. They have a more vital spot on the planet apart from the Grandeur of Epic heroism which is often portrayed by strong masculinity and battle victory. Bilbo pursues ism in other ways in the story. The plot in the story is similar to the traditional perception of heroism such as fame and wealth. Such can be seen, when Bilbo is determined to slay the dragon Smaug and take his treasures. What makes Bilbo an ideal hero is his ability to reject the traditional heroic stereotype of battle superiority and the quest for gold. Bilbo pursues heroism from a peaceful, honest and generous perspective. Despite bagging his adventures as a hero, his expeditions are not as heroic as people might expect. Bilbo heroism is different from the traditional perspective of heroism that are mostly associated with battle superiority and the quest for gold. It becomes difficult for one to comprehend the heroism in Bilbo as he fails to slay the dragon or participate in war. Physically, he is short and not very strong as opposed to other heroic personalities. By virtue, Bilbo may not be portrayed as a  hero due to his sensitive character of showing pity for example, when he gives up his share of gold for the sake of peace. However, these moral decisions by Bilbo are what make him a hero. On the other hand, Bilbo possesses some heroism qualities like his sword that he names a sting. The sword symbolizes the strength and power that he acquires in his bravery to encounter the dragon Smaug. Bilbo poses braver characteristics when he acquires armor and walks to slay the dragon.

Another important theme illustrated, in the story is re-birth. The hroism in Bilbo can be traced back to the background using respect, and moral reality that is linked to the ground makes him a  hero without necessarily being a mighty warrior. Bilbo doesn’t like to be called a burglar; since he does not steal for greed. He only steals necessities such as food to eat and keys to important places. In some instances, he steals impotent treasure, but later trades them on a decent purpose. Bilbo is seen asking pardoning in the wake of taking nourishment from Elvenking and offers him, love, to seek forgiveness (Wiklnder 13). Therefore, Bilbo performs the virtue of ethic and clear focus in his burglary activities, which makes him a hero. Bilbo also portrays a clear focus when he meets Gollum. Despite having the opportunity to strike him, he hesitates to do so after perceiving it to be unfair. He does not strike Gollum, but shows his benevolence and feels sorry for him. In such manner, Bilbo is to a greater extent a deliverer than a warrior by saving Gollums life. In other instances, Bilbo saves the lives of his companions a few times, for instance, the bugs of Mirkwood or from eleven penitentiaries and some of the incidences where Bilbo ism is seen through his mercies. Bilbo is also portrayed as a savior when he gives up his offer of fortune for the purpose of peace. The fact that Bilbo avoids participating in the clash of the five armed forces likewise makes him a legend of peace. Therefore, Bilbo is a modern hero who avoids the battle and supports his full initiative. He is portrayed as a man with a big heart due to his capability of changing the world by fighting battles or through raw strength (Wiklnder 15). His development as a hero who is full of ethics, innocence, and compassion. He represents a character that shapes and an ideal world where honesty and peace together with happiness are valued.


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