Title: The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R Tolkien
Summary: Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out on to the floor when he caught a sudden thin and piercing ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug’s left eye. He was only pretending to be asleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance. . . .
Whisked away from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the Wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasurer hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…
My Rating: 10/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: How can you not love the story of the Hobbit? It will always be one of my all time favourite stories, one that I will re-read over and over again, and one day hope to read with my own kids and share the magic of Middle Earth. I do have to say, this book has a very different approach to Middle Earth then other books that take place in Middle Earth. I think this is partly due to the fact the Hobbit was written as a children’s story, so the language and narrative is aimed more to their level. But don’t let that put you off, if you haven’t read the book yet, because it’s such a fun tale, about how a little Hobbit, went on an amazing adventure and ended up helping out more than anyone ever imagined.
First of all, Tolkien’s descriptions of Middle Earth, the dwarves, the elves, the forests, caves and mountains, and well, everything, are fantastic. There are very few fantasy novels I’ve read since I first fell into the words of Tolkien that added up or have come anywhere near the level of Tolkien’s writing. The Hobbit of course is no exception to Tolkien’s brilliance, even if it’s more of a children’s book. Not only does he paint amazing pictures, tells engaging tales about trolls, goblins, evil spiders, and dragons, but the narrative was also done very well. It reminds me a bit of Alexander Dumas, where the narrator addresses the reader directly, almost as if the narrator themselves was sitting beside you telling you the story, giving you a bit of foreshowing and reminders of what happened in previous chapter, but done so in away, that it doesn’t annoy the reader but give a bit of … fun I guess the world would be in the story. Which is why I think it would be a great book for young readers ages 9 - 13 who aren’t into reading, because the Hobbit is fun and engaging in how it is told, and it is part of a story most kids have some familiarity with because a lot have either seen or at least heard of “The Lord of the Rings”.
Wonderful story, full of enchanting tales of action and adventure, beautiful, engaging and elegant style of narration, and some of the best cast of characters you’ll ever meet. For me, as a child, I always felt bad for Gollum, and how he lost his “birthday present” and knowing his back story now, and what happens to him in future stories, I always have a pang, in my heart for the poor guy, no matter how slimily (metaphorically and physically) he is, which shows yet another example of Tolkien’s brilliance and creating such fantastic characters, with very interesting and complex back stories, that’s sure to have readers dig for more.
Would I recommend it to read: Absolutely, Absolutely, Absolutely! This is a classic, a childhood classic! And if you haven’t read the book yet, do. The first time I experienced The Hobbit I was 9 or 10 years old, and my mom read it to me and my sister during the summer evenings. I’ve read it on my own a handful of times, and it never gets old. It’s such a wonderful story that makes you wish you can meet Hobbits and fall into the world of Middle Earth.
What to read next: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings and anything else by Tolkien or anything on Middle Earth.
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