The Hobbit In J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the setting takes place in the Third-Age of the Middle-Earth at the comfortable hobbit village of Hobbiton where small and plump people called hobbits live. The story undergoes a major transition when Bilbo Baggins consents on Gandalf’s proposition to go to an adventure at the Lonely Mountains where the dragon Smaug dwells in.
In this book review, Bilbo, personifying the title of the book itself, is considered as the main character in the story. He is introduced as a typical protagonist who is characteristically likeable in attributes, charismatic even, because of the way he was shaped throughout the story. Beginning from a cautious, goody-goody, and complacent hobbit who minds only simplistic needs, Bilbo’s character gained transition to a category of his mother’s lineage wherein a love for adventure surfaced through. He finds Gollum’s ring which helped him in overcoming the obstacles posted at him in their quest for the treasure. He becomes a brave and confident hero who saves his company of dwarves from the trolls, goblins, and wood elves; who finds the way to the Lonely Mountains where the treasure is hidden; who discovers Smaug’s weak point; who resolves Thorin’s greedy stance; and who attempts to unravel peace among the different warring groups established in the story.
The most important point in his characterization is the fact that even though he went through a major change in his life from the adventure, his capacity to understand and still seek for goodness did not change. He still believes in the simplicity that his own home at Bag End gave him. The journey, adventure, and quest are more than what they literally represent. If more people value simple lives rather than gold, as Thorin’s dying words said, then it would be a merrier world (Tolkien, 1966). Bilbo himself is ideally one who is simplistic but “merry” in his own terms. The book necessarily integrates a moral air, characterized mainly by Bilbo, which is universally appropriate for children’s literature audiences.ReferenceTolkien, J.
R. R. (1966). The Hobbit. New York: Ballantine Books.