The Hobbit - by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit

"a mythical and creative world of fantasy and adventure"

A hobbit is a small, fragile creature, only about half the size of a human and smaller than a dwarf., according to J.R.R. Tolkien.  In this fantasy adventure novel, a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins is forced into the biggest adventure of his life.  In this prelude to Tolkien’s famous trilogy The Lord of the Rings, read and loved by many people, good triumphs over evil. This book is a page turner and will keep you on the edge of your seats.  The Hobbit contains mythical creatures, dangerous quests, and a satisfying plot.

Bilbo Baggins is a “well-to-do hobbit” and lives in his hospitable hole under a hill.  His life is changed completely when his friend Gandalf, a wise and great wizard, sends him on a quest with thirteen dwarves.  As Bilbo is appointed the task of being a burglar, he goes off with Fili, Kili, Balin, Dwalin, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bombur, Bifur, Bofur, and also Thorin, who is in charge of the company of dwarves.  The purpose of the quest is to reclaim Thorin’s treasure from the almighty and powerful dragon Smaug.  To reach Smaug and the treasure, the courageous group must go through the goblin infested Misty Mountains, the spiders creeping in Mirkwood Forest and last, the dragon itself, guarding the treasure.  Throughout this dangerous journey Bilbo saves the company of dwarves several times from trolls, giant spiders, goblins, and even themselves.  After massive battles and an adventure of a lifetime, in the end Bilbo becomes the hero and returns to his little hobbit hole in which he had missed so much.

Tolkien creates a whole new world of his own where adventure and danger is embedded in almost every page, where mythical creatures and a terrible evil try to take over the world.  The good strive for peace while the evil beings cause suffering to others.  The goblins,“cruel, wicked, and bad-hearted,” interfere with Bilbo and the company of dwarves as they pass through the Misty but Gandalf comes to their aid.

The Hobbit, written by J.R.R. Tolkien, is exciting and adventurous.  Once you get started, you will be eager to find out what happens next.  With Tolkien’s descriptive writing you are able to visualize the scenes in detail, such as “it had a perfectly round door like a porthole, painted green, with a shiny yellow brass knob in the exact middle”.  He draws the reader into his mythical and creative world, a world full of fantasy and adventure.  I enjoyed this thrilling read, and I am sure other people will too.

    - Sam C.