Book Review #7 Book: The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Synopsis: (as taken from Chapters.Indigo.ca) The Hobbit is a tale of high adventure, undertaken by a company of dwarves in search of dragon-guarded gold. A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar. Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling presence at the Battle of Five Armies are just some of the adventures that befall Bilbo. Bilbo Baggins has taken his place among the ranks of the immortals of children’s fiction. Written by Professor Tolkien for his own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when published.
Days to read: 30 (But bear in mind, I had exams, essays, Christmas and my grandfather’s death while reading it)
My thoughts: It has taken me many years to pick this novel off my bookshelf. Back in Grade 6, I tried reading the first Lord of the Rings book, and I thought it was terrible. At that age, the songs were too boring and the descriptions were too long, so I stopped reading it 10 chapters in. Since then, I’ve just had no desire to read The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, even when I fell in love with the movies. When I heard that they were making The Hobbit into a movie, I decided I needed to forget my old feelings and start anew. So I read The Hobbit. And it was incredible. Of course, it’s much shorter than The Lord of the Rings books, but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier or less interesting. On the contrary, it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It gripped me from the start, and I couldn’t believe how perfectly paced Tolkien had written it. He made it seem like I was on the journey with the group. One death in particular seemed a bit less extravagant than I thought it should have been, but Tolkien was probably saving up for the final battle. Nonetheless, I am so glad I read The Hobbit. Bilbo Baggins is one of the most agreeable characters in a long while, but despite the fact that he is not a Man, he is still inflicted with many of the feelings, decisions and sorrows any great Man must face in life. I cannot wait until the movie comes out in December because I’m not at all worried that Peter Jackson will mess it up. He did The Lord of the Rings justice, so I know he’ll do this the same. To anyone who hasn’t picked up The Hobbit, I urge that you pick up this timeless tale and just devour it!