Book Review: The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

hobbit_cover“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” And from this hole came my new favorite fictional character, Bilbo Baggins, the central protagonist in The Hobbit. With the release of the new Lord of the Rings movie, I decided to start reading the famous book. I had high expectations after I found it as number 3 on a list of books to read before dying, and I wasn’t disappointed in the least.

The Hobbit takes place in Middle Earth, a fictional world that contains wizards, elves, dwarves, goblins, and hobbits. Hobbits are small people who love peace and quiet, food, farming, and parties. They live in a land they call The Shire and most of them dislike adventure.

This prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy centers around a peaceful hobbit named Bilbo Baggins who has adventurous ancestors and lives in a lovely underground home called Bag End. The book begins as a wizard named Gandalf visits Bilbo and invites him to join an adventure he is arranging. Bilbo refuses immediately. The following morning, Gandalf visits Bilbo again, this time with thirteen dwarves. The dwarves believe that Bilbo can help them in their journey to the Lonely Mountain to gain back their ancestral treasure from a vicious dragon named Smaug. Bilbo is extremely reluctant to leave his cozy home and join them, but Gandalf manages to convince him to accompany them. The Hobbit follows their adventures as they head to the Lonely Mountain and confront the great dragon Smaug.

I found The Hobbit to be an extremely interesting book. J.R.R. Tolkien uses a conversational, light-hearted tone and uses humor to hook the reader.  The book doesn’t have much detail, and the ending is very abrupt. The author does not spend much time describing anything, which is really different from most fictional books I’ve read. However, I enjoyed The Hobbit immensely and I’m definitely going to see the second part of the film adaptation, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, when it’s released in movie theaters next week!

-Rabani S., 9th grade

3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien

  1. Reblogged this on jackconner and commented:
    My wife is reading this right now and really liking it . . . although, strangely, it’s taken her longer to read “The Hobbit” than two G. R. R. Martin books back to back! I guess she LOVES Martin. It’s been a while since I’ve read “The Hobbit”, but I remember it being a very fast-paced, fun little adventure — though light on the beheadings. I love the scene where Bilbo confronts Smaug. I’m kind of nervous about how they’re going to handle that in the movie.

  2. Great review! I read this book in 8th grade and absolutely loved it! Sometimes novels of the fantasy genre can be hard to pull off, but Tolkien definitely had not trouble making both the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings work perfectly. And I do agree that his tone makes it worthwhile!

  3. I too have seen the Hobbit and all of the Lord of Rings. I find it to be very weird that the Lord of the Rings came out first then the Hobbit, for as the Hobbit takes place before the Lord of the Rings(at least the movie is that way not sure about the books I have not read those yet).

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