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Chapter 19

 

  1. What changes does Balin notice in Bilbo?
  2. “‘My dear Bilbo !’{Gandalf} said ‘Something is the matter with you! You are not the hobbit that you were.’” What does Bilbo gain from his adventure? What is the difference in the way his home is dear to him now?
  3. Why is Bilbo pleased that he is “only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!”?
  4. What does Bilbo’s poem reveal about him?
  5. Would you say Bilbo’s homecoming is heroic? Explain your answer.

14 Responses to “Chapter 19”

  1. nicktangredi says:

    Bilbo’s homecoming is sadly, anti-climactic and unheroic. The sting of past adventure has worn off during his long, uneventful journey home. He also comes home to a community who has presumed his death and even in finding him alive, still quietly resents him. The other hobbits smugly questing his adventures and new social associations. I’m sure this is not problem for Bilbo, for after such an experience, he would never be able to relate to any of the nausiatingly boring hobbits anyhow.

  2. willwilson says:

    Bilbo gained courage and respect from his adventure and his character changes alot. He is no longer the cowardly hobbit that he was. His home is quiet and no longer filled with the dwarves and there was no more adventures for him to go on. Bilbos homecoming is not heroic. His house and his stuff was being auctioned off because everyone thought that he was dead. Shows how much they know Bilbo Baggins. He is now a hero and will be dearly missed by everyone he was with on his adventure.

  3. laurencosnahan says:

    Bilbo’s heroic deeds are all the more remarkable because they fail to change him. He possesses a new confidence and a drastically widened perspective on the world, to the point that he now prefers the company of elves and wizards to that of other hobbits.

    Bilbo struggles to subdue his love of comfort, which is the product of his Baggins heritage, and to tune in to his love of adventure, which comes from his Took heritage. However, he never really loses touch with the Baggins in him. As he rests in Beorn’s house, we see a return to the Bilbo who wishes nothing more to sit in his old armchair. Even a small, unassuming person such as Bilbo possesses the inner resources necessary to perform adventurous, heroic deeds and that the transformation that makes him a hero does not erase his essential nature.

  4. melodiamouse says:

    Bilbo gains courage and leadership skills from his journey. He also has gained a sense of purpose. The once timid hobbit helped to bring down a fierce dragon. Bilbo had no other choice but to be courageous in the situations he was put in. This ties in nicely with a theme shown throughout the novel, courage is gained in times of desperation.

    Bilbo appreciates and views his beloved home in a new light now. Not only is his hobbit hole his place for peace, it is now a place to remember, remember his innocence and remember how he has morphed into a courageous leader.

  5. willlong says:

    bilbo’s poem reveals much of his adventure in himself. it shows that he has gained the knowledge to think about his life and see what would probably happen. also it reveal how much he hs learned about poems and riddles and how he can now put them together with ease and without much thought.

    bilbo’s return to the other hobbits was anything but heroic. his only family members resented him just because they wanted to movve into his house. also the other hobbits thought that it was shameful to go on any kind of adventures at all, and bilbo had been gone a year or two on his own adventure. although he did get the peace and quiet that he wanted, he still had to buy back most of his own belongings.

  6. matttrevy says:

    I feel Bilbo’s homecoming was unexpected and unwanted. The other hobbits that lived in his area were auctioning off the things in his household without him even knowing. Also the hobbits were sad to see him come home because they lost the chance to move into his prime hole. Also because he went on an “adventure” he was shunned by all in the area. Even his relatives were dissaproving of his actions.

  7. qlmatthews252 says:

    What changes does Balin notice in Bilbo?

    When Balin and Gandalf visit Bilbo, Balin notices that Bilbo’s waist coat has real gold buttons on it.

    Would you say Bilbo’s homecoming is heroic? Explain your answer.

    No, Bilbo’s homecoming is not heroic at all. When he arrives at his home, he finds his belongings being auctioned off to people that reside in the village. He was announced dead and no one doubled checked their sources. Some were unhappy to see his arrival as they wanted to live in his happy little hobbit hole.

  8. corismith09 says:

    1) Balin notices that Bilbo is rounder in the stomach and wears a jacket with real golden buttons.

    2) Bilbo’s homecoming is not heroic because he is rejected by his people, his reputation is weakened instead of celebrated. The people actually accuse him of being an imposter and would prefer if he was dead.

  9. nick vinick says:

    Balin notices that bilbo has gotten fatter and has buttons now made of gold

    Bilbos home coming really isnt heroic seeing as he comes home to people auctioning off his stuff.some are upset he is back seeing as they have gotten his belongings for cheep. plus its not exceptable for hobbits to go on adventures

  10. nick vinick says:

    Balin notices that bilbo has gotten fatter and has buttons now made of gold

    Bilbos home coming really isnt heroic seeing as he comes home to people auctioning off his stuff.some are upset he is back seeing as they have gotten his belongings for cheep. plus its not exceptable for hobbits to go on adventures

  11. nick vinick says:

    Balin notices that bilbo has gotten fatter and has buttons now made of gold

    Bilbos home coming really isnt heroic seeing as he comes home to people auctioning off his stuff.some are upset he is back seeing as they have gotten his belongings for cheep. plus its not exceptable for hobbits to go on adventures

  12. nick vinick says:

    Balin notices that bilbo has gotten fatter and has buttons now made of gold

    Bilbos home coming really isnt heroic seeing as he comes home to people auctioning off his stuff.some are upset he is back seeing as they have gotten his belongings for cheep. plus its not exceptable for hobbits to go on adventures

  13. libymullins says:

    Balin notices when he comes to visit Bilbo that he now has gold buttons on his vest. Bilbo gains confidence, knowledge, and friends.

    Bilbo’s home is now his most precious possesion. He now appreciates everything it provides even more.

    Bilbo did not come home a hero because no one knew what he had done nor would they believe him if he had told them.
    They didnt even care that he had come back they almost wished he had died so that they could take his house.

  14. heydrew says:

    1. What changes does Balin notice in Bilbo?

    2. “‘My dear Bilbo !’{Gandalf} said ‘Something is the matter with you! You are not the hobbit that you were.’” What does Bilbo gain from his adventure? What is the difference in the way his home is dear to him now?

    He has been through much and fully discovered the qualities of his character; now Bilbo wants to return to his home to appreciate not the lifestyle of a respectable hobbit, but the simple joys he left behind when he began his journey.

    3. Why is Bilbo pleased that he is “only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!”?

    He doesnt want to be a big person, he doesnt want the responsibility that destroys so many, he wants to live a simple and happy life.

    5. Would you say Bilbo’s homecoming is heroic? Explain your answer.

    it is an interesting homecoming, it shows that nothing has changed at home and the people are still the same. i think his return is heroic to the shire, he comes in to the dismay of the hobbits and buys back all his stuff for auction with gold.

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