The journey of Bilbo demonstrates the stepwise changes in the characters of the naïve, timid and complacent Bilbo to a courageous, eloquent, honest, strong, and shrewd person. Bilbo, the son of Belladonna Took is one of the hobbit that hated a company of many people and regarded adventure as waste of sleeping time (Tolkien 18)…
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Gandalf who was an exemplary storyteller and wizard played an important role in the transformation of Bilbo usual characters to the respectable and heroic characters at the end of the adventurous event. Gandalf managed to unravel the hidden potentialities in Bilbo hence, the journey brought Bilbo at the end as a hero of the hobbits.
Gandalf on his way down The Hill met Bilbo outside his hole. Although, at first the conversation between Gandalf, regarded by Bilbo as a stranger, and Bilbo was not a pleasant conversation, Later, Bilbo became politer to Gandalf after Gandalf further introduced himself to Bilbo (Tolkien 18-25). For that reason, Bilbo invited Gandalf for a cup of tea set on Wednesday. The cunning Gandalf changed the breakfast moment with Bilbo only to a meeting time with other dwarves in Bilbo place to organize for the adventurous event. Hence, the presence of the thirteen dwarves in the meeting disregarded Bilbo protest to refuse to participate in the adventure. As a result, Bilbo had to play the role of a burglar in the adventure (Tolkien 53). Therefore, the role of change in personality of Bilbo started once, Bilbo reluctantly accepted the role of a burglar.
Gandalf did not buy into any person opinion because he saw more potential in Bilbo being the burglar and lead the group to reclaim the treasures than Bilbo physical outlook. Gandalf assured the other dwarves of his confidence in Bilbo leadership. Therefore, the adventurous journey towards the lonely mountain began with the thirteen dwarves and one hobbit. At first, Bilbo was unsure of his role and had wrong misgiving and regrets of going for the adventure event but he had no choice because Gandalf will not allow him to back out from the event. Shortly after the journey, the dwarves group bumped to three hungry trolls that captured the member of the team except for Gandalf. Gandalf, the trickster, tricked the nocturnal trolls to stay outside until sunrise (Tolkien 100). Hence, one the sun came up the nocturnal trolls turned to stones saving the dwarves from the trolls. After the trolls turned to stones, the dwarves took the trolls weapons from the trolls’ camp. Gandalf took the trolls magic weapon while Bilbo took a small weapon (Tolkien 102-105) Gandalf then, lead the group to the house of elves where Elrond expound in details the guidance of the map. After the short rest, the group left the house and went passed the Misty Mountain. Immediately, after passing the Misty Mountain the group bumped to Goblins. Thus, Gandalf saved the dwarves and accidentally left Bilbo. Bilbo got lost in the Goblins tunnel and as Bilbo wandered by to find his way out, he spotted a golden ring on the ground belonging to Gollum, which Bilbo picked and kept it (Tolkien 120-130). Thereafter, Bilbo encounters Gollum who he had to fight before managing to leave the tunnel. With the help of
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