An imaginative story that is still a worldwide phenomenon, Tolkien has managed to instill some very important lessons in his book The Hobbit. It tells about a journey the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins takes to help a group of dwarves that require stealing back what was stolen from them. Probably the most significant lesson of the book is to explain how sometimes a person can recognize the talents and virtues in a friend that they themselves are not able to see. Gandalf, the amazing wizard who is known to be the wisest of all magical creatures in the book embarks on a self-mission to bring his very able friend Bilbo on to an adventure. The story revolves around the Hobbit and his misfortunes and conquests but the real story lies within his friend who keeps pushing him to his exceeding limits. It has been shown very subtly but if one reads between the lines the lesson of the tale is crystal clear. In the beginning, Bilbo Baggins is shown as the meekest of all creatures who use to decline all of what Gandalf is offering. He feels afraid and is very used to the comfortable atmosphere of his home and village. Gandalf does not take no for an answer and even convinces the doubtful dwarves that this is the man that will help them achieve what is rightfully theirs. His confidence in Bilbo is perhaps what lights the spark in the little Hobbit who has serious understated self-esteem issues even though he is revered in his community and often looked upon as the leader. There are numerous obstacles encountered throughout the journey, often life-threatening or involving intricate decision making. However, as Gandalf has placed Bilbo in charge of the expedition, often the Hobbit finds himself in situations that he would not normally be brave enough to face. Gandalf defines him, explores him, exposes him and ascends him. At a certain part, Gandalf disappears leaving the dwarves and Bilbo unable to make even a small fire for them to fight off the cold.
Work CitedJ. R. R. Tolkien. The Hobbit, UK: George Allen & Unwin, 1937. Print
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