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Hero's Journey

The Hobbit
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Ladybug Pink

on 24 January 2013

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In the Hobbit there is an older wizard named Gandalf. He helps Bilbo and the dwarves along in their journey. Gandalf helps them by using the resources and connections he has to house and rehabilitate the travelers. Gandalf is older and wiser and has more knowledge of the area they are traveling to give to the travelers to help them, that's what makes him the helper. The supernatural part is that he is a wizard and provides them with a bit of his magic advice as well. Throughout the story Gandalf is Bilbo's mentor, and helps him through the challenging parts of his journey. Step 8: Achievement of Goal Start Step 1: Unusual Birth The point where Bilbo crosses the threshold is when he leaves the safety and familiarity of his hobbit hole and follows the dwarves in their journeys. That was the point when Bilbo left the safety of everything he knew. He went with these strangers in a journey he knew very little about. He didn't know how hard it would be for him to be away from his comforts at times in his journey when he didn't want to be there. He could only imagine the dangers and tests he would encounter but at that moment he crossed into the world of his adventure. Step 6: Trials In The Hobbit Bilbo and the dwarves achieve their goal of conquering the mountain and obtaining the treasure. He achieves this by fighting in the battle between the “good guys” which were Lake-People, dwarves, eagles, elves, and Beorn. Against the “bad guys” the goblins, and wargs. After the battle the bad guys were defeated and the treasure was secured by the dwarves and Bilbo. Getting the treasure and conquering the mountain was the ultimate goal all along, which they got after all the challenges along the way. The Hobbit-Hero's Journey By Kiera M. and Zoe B. Step 2: Call for Adventure Step 3: Super Natural Helper Step 5: Crossing the Threshold In The Hobbit, Bilbo had many trials as a hero. His first trial was after he tried to pick-pocket a troll and ended up being caught. He had to yell to the Thorin to warn him. Eventually it was Gandalf that saved them but that was Bilbo's first test, despite the dwarves being caught, bilbo did succeed because he managed to grab the key to the trolls house where they found their weapons they use in the journey. Bilbo's second trial was when he had to escape from the goblin tunnels on his own. That was a test for him because it tested his ability to come up with solutions on his own under extreme pressure. His third test was when he had to save the dwarves from the spiders in Mirkwood. That tested him because he saved all his friends using his invisible ring and his mini sword. He ended up distracting the spiders so the dwarves could escape and then he helped to kill some of them. That tested him because he had to save his friends on his own and prove he could be trusted to help. Step 4: Special Weapon In The Hobbit Bilbo is special because his mother's side of his family is the Took Family. The Took family was known for being adventures hobbits which is very unusual to hobbit nature. Most hobbits like calm controlled lives where they follow a routine, the Took part of Bilbo wants adventure and craves the unknown part of it. So what makes Bilbo special is the want for adventure from his mother's family side but the need for control and routine from his father's side. He had a side that was wanting to be comfortable and stay at home, and then there was his other adventurous side. “...although he looked and behaved exactly like a second edition of his solid and comfortable father, got something a bit queer in his make-up from the Took side, something that only wanted the chance to come out.” (Page 3) This quote explains how Bilbo's like his father but he has something different from his mother. It wanted to be adventurous and needed to get out. Not many hobbits liked to be adventurous, but that was something that Bilbo had because of his mother. Bilbo was pulled into the journey from a meeting at his house. Gandalf had brought all the dwarves to the hobbit's little hole. There the dwarves discussed the workings of their adventure and how Bilbo was going to be their burglar. They explained how he needed to help them since Gandalf had said he would, after the people left he felt obligated to uphold his position in the group and follow through with Gandalf's promise. '''I think it sounded more like fright than excitement! In fact, if it had not been for the sign on the door, I should have been sure we had come to the wrong house. As soon as I clapped eyes on the little fellow bobbing and puffing on the mat, I had my doubts. He looked more like a grocer than a burglar!'
Then Mr. Baggins turned the handle and went in. The Took side had won out.” (Page 18) This quote explains how when Bilbo was invited to the quest he was scared and excited but still wanted to go. It shows how Gandalf had chosen him specifically and wanted him to go. When Mr. Baggins turns the handle and goes in it's like him accepting the call for adventure. '''I always meant to see all safe (if possible) over the mountains,' said the wizard 'and now by good management and good luck I have done it. Indeed we are now a good deal further east than I ever meant to come with you, for after all this is not my adventure. I may look in on it before it is all over,...''' (Page 114) This quote explains how Gandalf, the Super Natural Helper, had helped Bilbo through the whole journey. He brought Bilbo very far and they wouldn't have gotten that far if it weren't for Gandalf's magic and help. In The Hobbit Bilbo has a special weapon he uses. His special weapon is his magic ring he got in the tunnel before speaking with Gollum. When he first picked the ring up he had no idea the power that it held inside of it. His special weapon provides him with protection because it makes him invisible to everyone, therefore concealing him from his enemies. At first the powers of the ring were new to Bilbo, as the story goes on he learns how to control and use the ring properly. He wouldn't have made it through come of his trials and challenges if it weren't for him possessing the ring. “...till suddenly his hand met what felt like a tiny ring of cold metal lying on the floor of the tunnel. It was a turning point in his career but he did not know it.” (Page 68) This quote explains shows how Bilbo encountered the ring, which is his special weapon. It also explains how it was the turning point in his career and he did not know it, which means that the ring would be a powerful helper to him, and the author wanted the reader to know that. “To the end of his days Bilbo could never remember how he found himself outside, without a hat, a walking-stick, or any money, or anything he usually took with him when he went out; leaving his second breakfast half-finished and quite unwashed-up, pushing his keys into Gandalf's hands, and running as fast as his furry feet would carry him down the lane, past the great Mill, across The Water, and then on for a mile or more.” (Page 30) This quote explains how Bilbo crosses his threshold when he leaves his hobbit hole to catch up with the dwarves. It shows how he going beyond what he knows to go on his quest. '''I'll soon put an end to that,' hissed the angry spider climbing back onto the branch.
Bilbo saw that the moment had come when he must do something.” (Page 158) This quote explains how Bilbo's trials were having to save the dwarves on his own without Gandalf's help. It explains the spiders he had to face on his quest. He knew that this would be one of the times when he would have to prove himself to the dwarves. This is only one example of a trial, is the spiders, but other times he had to prove himself to dwarves. He knew he had to do something and save the dwarves to prove he was meant to be on that journey with them. “There was of course, no longer any question of dividing the hoard in such shares as had been planned, to Balin and Dwalin, and Dori and Nori and Ori, and Oin and Gloin, and Bifor and Bofur and Bombur---or to Bilbo.” (Page 293) This quote explains how their goal was achieved after the dragon was killed, the war was over, and their was peace. It shows how the dwarves and Bilbo all go their share of the gold which is what they wanted all along. Step 9: Return Journey Home The return home in The Hobbit is pretty straight foreword. Bilbo journeys back with Gandalf to the Shire and his hobbit hole. As they walk back he recalls each step of their journey and the different troubles they faced. When Bilbo returns he shares with the community his adventures and tales to give them knowledge of the events of the past year. “..., a day came at last when they were in sight of the land and of the trees were as well known to him as his hands and toes. Coming to a rise he could see his own Hill in the distance, and he stopped suddenly....” (Page 302) This quote explains the sites when Bilbo has crossed the threshold on his return journey. It shows him coming to his own hobbit hole in the distance and he is soon to be at his comforts and familiarity. The Unusual Birth explains what is unique about the character because of the birth. When the hero of the story gets asked or invited to go on a quest/adventure. It is literally when they get called to go on an adventure. The Super Natural Helper is the mystical character who helps the hero on their journey. They usually have some form of magic to help. The special weapon is the weapon or item that is special or magical to the Hero and helps them in their journey. Crossing the Threshold is when the hero leaves the safety and familiarity of their home. This is when they leave to start on the unknown world of their adventures. The trials are when the hero is tested on the things that will help him in his final battle. These tests are always challenging to the specific hero. The achievement of goal is when they reach what they have wanted the whole time. Their goal was to secure the gold after the defeat of the dragon. When the hero returns back to their house from their journey. Usually the return journey has the hero crossing the threshold again to return to their comforts. THE END Step 9: Reconciliation with a Father-Figure The reconciliation with a father-figure is when the hero solves any problems with the character that has acted like a father or a mentor to him/her. In The Hobbit, the father-figure to Bilbo is Thorin, the main dwarf. He is the father-figure to Bilbo because he had to watch over Bilbo and help him along the way. When Bilbo gave the Arkenstone to Bard, Thorin felt betrayed. Thorin said that he was no longer going to be on good tidings with Bilbo and that he had to leave without Thorin's friendship. After the battle Thorin was wounded and dying, he sent for Bilbo so he could talk with him. Thorin said how we was sorry and wished to part in friendship with Bilbo. This quote explains how Thorin wanted to end on good terms with Bilbo. That shows that Thorin cared about Bilbo and wanted him to know that he was leaving him in friendship. It also shows how Thorin and Bilbo had problems, but Thorin wanted to fix it. The Hobbit Book Summary Bilbo Baggins is the main character who lives in his comforting hobbit hole. One day a wizard came by, and persuaded Bilbo into going on a quest with thirteen dwarves. Shortly after, they get captured by three trolls. The only person who didn't get captured was Gandalf, and Gandalf made the trolls stay in the sunlight, so he saves them. They continue after their journey and it begins to snow. They found shelter in a cave, and there they were imprisoned by goblins. They left behind Bilbo when they left through the tunnel. Bilbo wanders through other tunnels and that's where he found the ring. He encounters a creature names Gollum who wants to eat Bilbo. Bilbo gets out through tunnels and he find the dwarves and Gandalf. They meet the Wargs who are dangerous wolves, but they get saved by the great eagles and Beorn. They then enter Mirkwood, and get trapped in spiders webs. Bilbo rescues them with him throwing abilities, and his ring. Right after they get captured by Wood Elves, which they escape from by Bilbo helping them by using his ring and having them be in barrels, out the escape shoot and down the river. They come to Lake Town, a place near the mountain. Bilbo talks to Smaug, and not knowing Smaug revealed his weak spot. Bilbo steels a cup from Smaug which sets him on a rampage to destroy the city. Bard kills Smaug by shooting an arrow at Smaug's weak spot. There then becomes a war with the people of Lake Town, Beorn, eagles, and the dwarves against the, goblins, and the wargs. The "good-side" with the people of Lake Town, Beorn, eagles, elves and the dwarves win the battle. When they get the desired gold, Bilbo returns home to go back to his ordinary hobbit life. "'I wish to part in friendship from you, and I would take back my words...'" (Page 290)
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