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Who was Bilbo Baggins and what characteristics do hobbits have?

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In The Hobbit, Tolkien gives the reader a dragon-sized wealth of information concerning Hobbits, Bilbo Baggins in particular.  Hobbits are known for their predilection for living in cozy, warm holes in the ground; their preferences concerning their domiciles suggest a deep love of comforts and easy-living as well as their appreciation of natural beauty.  The fact that hobbits deemed their best rooms to be the ones with windows "overlooking [the] garden, and meadows beyond, downward sloping to the river" suggests their love of the outdoors and nature (Tolkien 3). 

In appearances, Bilbo Baggins was very much the picture of an average hobbit.  Hobbits have tough, "leathery soles" to their feet, which are covered in curly "brown hair like the stuff on their heads," and the absence of hard-soled shoes give hobbits an uncanny ability to move quietly or remain unseen from "large stupid folk (4).  Hobbits, in general, preferred keeping to themselves and abstained from any foolishness like...

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