Thread: What did they learn?
The Hobbits learned a lot and gained much from their experiences. They all learned quickly that there was much going on outside The Shire which affected them. They learned courage and fighting skills.
What else did they gain from it? And what was lost - innocence?
A petty fortress and an 'humble' hand;
He left the name at which the world grew pale,
To point a moral, or adorn a tale."
All Hobbits lost their innocence during this war, don’t forget about the Shire being attacked. Tolkiens way of saying that no one is unaffected by war.
Everybody learned something, but I think it is the readers that (should) learn the most.
Old Man Willow learned that if he wanted to stay on Tom Bombadil's good side, he had best eat earth, dig deep, drink water, and stay asleep.