The Hobbit Theme

The Hobbit Theme

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  • Protagonist(s)
  • Antagonist(s)
  • Theme
  • The protagonists in the story are Bilbo, the thirteen Dwarfs, and Gandalf. Although all of these characters are dynamic and round, the main character that is focused on is Bilbo Baggins. Bilbo is a young hobbit who has a family history of adventure, but also laziness. After choosing to sign with the thirteen dwarfs as their burglar on their trip to the Lonely mountain, Bilbo questions himself greatly as to if his choice was wise, or if it will kill him in the end.
  • Foreshadowing: "Smeagol has to take what's given to him," answered Gollum. "He was given that name by kind Master Samwise, thehobbit that knows so much." (Tolkien, 128)
  • The antagonists in The Hobbit are many different kinds of creatures that confront Bilbo and the thirteen dwarfs. These characters are all flat, static characters that don't serve much of a purpose other than to stop the protagonists and try to kill them. Some of these creatures include; orcs, goblins, elves, Gollum, Smaug, and more.
  • Imagery: "Gollum is a small, slimy, dark creature with pale eyes, named for the sound he makes as he swallows; he preys upon Goblins and fish." (Tolkien, 125)
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  • The main theme in The Hobbit is transformation, specifically transformation from a regular person into a hero. This theme is seen in Bilbo as he develops from a natural, calm, quiet hobbit into a war hero. Before leaving on his adventure, Bilbo was not known for being a rambunctious, daring, adventurous type of character. But as the story progresses, Bilbo is transformed from all of the things he is put up against, and after he returns to the shire he is seen as a much different person.
  • Symbol: "He must get away, out of this horrible darkness, while he had any strength left. He must fight. He must stab the foul thing, put its eyes out, kill it.It meant to kill him. No, not a fair fight. He was invisible now." (Tolkien, 136)
  • Bilbo takes over the ring from Gollum which at the end of the story ends up transforming Bilbo slightly into the creature that Gollum is.
  • Bilbo has no idea as to what this strange new creature that he discovered can do, but he sees that it has very disgusting physical features, which symbolizes its inner self very well.
  • Bilbo finds himself fighting against killing Gollum who was after him, and as Bilbo continues to wear the ring, it takes more and more of his natural self and corrupts it.
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