Home Sweet Home

In the novel titled “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, the main character, Bilbo Baggins, seems to often get a little homesick as he is out on his adventure with the dwarves and Gandalf.  As hobbits are not explained by Tolkien to not be the adventurous type it is only natural that Bilbo would constantly wish he were in the safety and comfort of his own home, rather than encountering the dangers he faces along his travels in the novel.  As the story progresses there appears to be a pattern as to when and why Bilbo reminisces about his cozy little house in the hill.

At the start of the adventure, Bilbo is quite content with how the easy the journey appears to be.  He enjoys the nice ride on the back of a pony through the nice, warm summer weather.  But all good things must come to an end and soon Bilbo and his companions experience some unpleasant weather.  This begins Bilbo’s desires to be back in his home by the fireplace with the tea kettle coming to a boil.  Bilbo constantly refers back to his hobbit-hole whenever he experiences an unfortunate circumstance.  Not only does he wish to be back home, but he thinks about what would make him feel the most comfortable.  When it was raining he thought of his fire and tea, when he was tired he reminisced about his comfortable chair, and when he was hungry he envisioned his many pantries stuffed with food.

These reminders of his home serve as motivation for Bilbo to survive.  He is not interested in the gold, he just wants to return to his hobbit-hole in one piece.  That is rewarding enough for him.  The memories of his house and comfortable old life keep him moving forward in his adventure with the dwarves and Gandalf.

Bilbo Baggins is just like any other normal person who would much rather be in the safety of their own home than to be put under the excruciating tasks he is faced with on his journey.  But it is only during these difficult incidents that he finds himself wishing to be back in his little home in the hill. If he had wished he were home every second of the adventure, then he more than likely would have abandoned the dwarves and Gandalf as soon as he could.  That would obviously not have made for a very good story.

 

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