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At the end of the book, why is Bilbo no longer considered to be respectable by the other hobbits? What special abilities do hobbits, in general, have that makes Bilbo useful to the dwarves?

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In The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, Gandalf explains why he recommends that Bilbo accompany Thorin's band of dwarves as the burglar:

If I say he is a burglar, a burglar he is, or will be when the time comes. There is a lot more in him than you guess, and a deal more than he has any idea of himself.

In a general sense, Tolkien writes that any hobbit is "as fierce as a dragon in a pinch," and that Bilbo's great grand-uncle Bullroarer was so brave that he charged the ranks of goblins in a battle and lopped off their king's head. He also explains that...

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