How Bilbo's Journey in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is Similar to the everyday hero's journey.

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The Hobbit Essay

"There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself."(The Hobbit). In J.R.R. Tolkien's, The Hobbit, a hobbit named Bilbo goes on a journey. This journey is similar to the everyday hero's journey.

The everyday hero's journey involves a normal person going on a trip, doing something great, and coming back home and being the town hero. Then, the "hero" isn't really important anymore and he or she goes back to their normal life.

Bilbo is an unassuming hero. He does not know where he's going, or why he's going there really. He is just a simple Hobbit from a simple place. Bilbo Baggins is much like any other hero, today and yesterday, and possibly in the future. Not only in circumstance, but in heart and mind. For example, the firefighters and police officers that helped on September 11, 2001.

These men and women were normal people, they did heroic deeds, but now they aren't thought of very much.

Bilbo went on his journey to help get the treasure back and did some heroic deeds. When he got back to The Shire, the other citizens though Bilbo was dead. They thought at first he was a hero but then his heroic deeds just faded to the back of everyone's minds, until the other citizens finally just disown him.

In conclusion, in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins' journey is heroic but soon his heroic deeds fade away, much like the everyday hero.