MBTI Type: INFP
Bilbo has strong views on most things, and tends to keep his feelings close to his chest; he keeps the secret of the Ring as long as he can and does not reveal his intention to leave to Frodo! He takes Thorin’s insults personally but does not allow them to impact his sense of self; instead, he sees where he can better improve himself. No one can tell him what to do; and he always does what he believes is right (he withholds the Arkenstone from Thorin, then gives it to the elves when Thorin does not keep his word). Bilbo is slightly out of tune with the emotional environment; the dwarves’ merry attitude does not uplift his spirits, nor does he bond with the Elves; in his attempt to joke with Elrond, for a moment he fears having insulted him! At his 111th birthday, Bilbo proudly insults many of his guests to their faces (“I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve!”). He also has a preference for whom he shows affection to and is not very verbal in stating those feelings. He is quick on the draw; he immediately knows how to play the cave trolls (by stalling for time) so Gandalf can intervene; he engages in a game of riddles with Gollum, with the total confidence he can win or at least hold his own, then goes on to piece together random connections to solve all of Gollum’s riddles, even the one pertaining to “time” as a destroyer of all things. He risks his life on his ability to outsmart Gollum and picks up on his multiple personalities (“Just you and me, let’s have a game of riddles!” “Yes, yes, just us!”). He quickly figures out the woosd are manipulating them, picks up on Gandalf being nervous, accurately realizes they are going in circles, and hesitates to give Thorin the Arkenstone due to his subtle changes. He manipulates and outwits the dragon by plying him with compliments once he discerns the creature’s massive ego. His enjoyment of riddles and outsmarting people extends to his old age, where he verbally spars with his guests in language most of them cannot understand, for his own amusement. He’s also good at keeping his eye on the big picture; he trades the Arkenstone when he sees Thorin becoming unreasonable, to keep them on course. When Gandalf first intrudes on Bilbo, he accuses him of being too “comfortable” in his routine, and it’s true: Bilbo has gotten so used to things a “certain way,” he’s become fussy about them. He like doilies. And that’s his grandmother’s lorry box, thank you. He does not see the need for adventures and falls back into past-based thinking (”No, no, you want a Took, not a Baggins!” In other words, MY FAMILY doesn’t do this sort of thing.) And when he sets out to write his memoirs, well, it’s all about his subjective experiences! Bilbo enjoys things like good food, and returning to familiar places. As an “old” hobbit, he simply wants to retrace his steps to Rivendell. Bilbo tries to be tactful, but he’s more… um. Blunt. He tries to get the dwarves out of his house while being nice, and winds up demanding to know why they are there. He almost insults Elrond when making a joke. He can be quite bossy when he sets his mind to it, and a lot of the time his reaction is “Paws off.” (I’m writing my memoirs, no you cannot look, put this ‘Keep Out’ sign on the gate when you go!). Bilbo is also good at finding quick, rational solutions (keeping to the path, climbing a tree to get out of the wood’s enchantment and find their bearings, trading the Arkenstone to force negotiations, letting his friends escape in barrels but forgetting he must also escape, etc.). Bilbo does not question the ring – he simply uses it (inferior Te).
Enneagram: 6w7 sp/so
Bilbo is flat out terrified most of the time – this is why he hesitates to go on an adventure in the first place but then changes his mind; he is inconsistent, suspicious, and anxious – distrusting and trusting the dwarves, having his doubts about Gandalf but also relying on him, and both running away from his fears (sometimes using the Ring, because it makes him feel safe) and running toward them – like when he musters all his nerve and defends Thorin, then stands up to him later, when he hides the Arkenstone from his knowledge, and uses it to barter with Thranduil. Bilbo becomes reactive and image-focused under stress (like a 3). He also has the 6ish sense of humor and sarcasm. It takes a great effort, however, to coax Bilbo out of his home and comfortable, quiet, and rather boring life and to get him to share his resources (the dwarves clean out his pantry). Yet, he’s willing to leave home and rush out into the world, within reason. He fear of missing out sends him after the dwarves and he enjoys a wanderlust later in his life, as he muses about leaving Bag End and exploring the wilds again.