The Question and Answer section for The Hobbit is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Bilbo is a respectable Hobbit. Hobbits are very concerned with honour and respectability. Bilbo's reputation reflects on Gandalf and the rest of the group. It gives their quest a certain amount of legitimacy and honour that is needed to earn the...
Bilbo is the one wwho leads in this chapter. He leads them up the mountain and successfully decipher the runes of Thorin's map. But after this, Bilbo has to find the correct path; and after this, Bilbo has to find the doorstep.