Bilbo Baggins, eponymous and unassuming party member among the dwarves of the Hobbit, outdoes a lot of modern day action heroes to the surprise and delight of many. Bilbo Baggins, portrayed by Martin Freeman in the films directed by cinema legend Peter Jackson, manages to win the awards for Best Hero on the MTV Movie Awards by his sheer willingness to do the impossible and surmount the overwhelming odds that besiege him and the company that travels with him. As mentioned, he is a hobbit, one of the small, human-like creatures that inhabit the idyllic town of the Shire where others of his kind live lives of relative peace and prosperity.
First off, just to show you how much of a hero this hobbit has become, let us first go into what a hobbit actually is. Well, according to J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, hobbits are small creatures that never exceed five feet in height. They are said to be as round as they are short and prefer a life of stability and, contrary to what one might expect, are not an adventurous lot and prefer the safety and comforts of their hobbit-holes.
Though the book The Hobbit features chronicle all his exploits, let us talk about what we’ve seen the hobbit do on the big screen so far, shall we? He went along with the company of dwarves beyond the Shire which is already in itself an impressive feat considering that hobbits, as already mentioned above, are definitely not the adventurous types. He managed to best a trio of ravenous trolls by buying enough time for his companions to escape and for help to arrive on time to save them. Bilbo manages to trick his way out of Gollum’s lair through riddles. Lastly, he manages to save Thorin Oakenshield himself, heir to the dwarf king throne and leader of their merry little band from a veritable horde of orcs.
Now imagine someone as small, unassuming and inconspicuous as Bilbo Baggins managing to beat even some of the biggest action icons of today as a hero. This list of heroes goes on to include figures such as the remade character of Snow White, Batman and even Ironman, a truly amazing feat for Bilbo Baggins who originally just wanted to live an adventure-free life in the little utopia of the Shire. Unthinkable as it would be to even Bilbo himself, fans have cited him as braver than any of the other previously mentioned heroes as even Bilbo would be reluctant to call himself a hero.
All in all, it is probably his non-adventurous nature that makes him all the more heroic in the eyes of of fans. After all, true bravery and heroism is not defined by the lack of fear; but rather the acknowledgement of fear and the willingness to face it nonetheless. There may be many reasons
why people voted for Bilbo to become Best Hero on the MTV Movie Awards. It could be because of his courage, it could be his willingness to take risks in the name of adventure or it could be just his endearing quality as a survivor in a hostile world, but I for one would vote for him because of his humility; his realization that he is but a very minor character in a huge world but struggles to be noble nonetheless.