What does the following quote show about Bilbo in The Hobbit: "what on earth did i invite him to tea for!" (page 18).  

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wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator
In The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins has two sides to his personality. The novel often refers to this difference as the Took side verses the Baggins side. The first example of this duality can be seen in the quote "why on earth did I invite him to tea." Gandalf is inviting Bilbo on an adventure. Something the Baggins half of him would never agree to, but the Took side is interested in the idea. Bilbo's Took nature takes over and invites Gandalf to return. Later, the Baggins half of him regrets this decision. We see this duality continue to play out as Bilbo begins his adventure with Gandalf and the dwarves. There is a constant reference to this duality and the Took nature winning out over the Baggins nature. This duality of character will be repeated in Bilbo's nephew and heir, Frodo Baggins. I believe Tolkien uses this type of division to create a more realistic character.
ms-einstein eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Bilbo's remarks shows he is an unlikely hero, one not interested in any type of adventure. Gandalf arrives and plainly says he is looking for someone willing to go on an adventure. However, Bilbo associates such things as almost scandalous. Bilbo Baggins and his family were considered respectable "because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected."

Bilbo also is a creature of habit. He enjoys his orderly life and the unchanging comfort of his hobbit hole. He lives by the clock so the last thing he wants is something as terrible as an adventure to interfere with his routine.

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