Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Hobbit


Tolkien, J.R.R. 1937, 1966. The Hobbit.

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort. (3)

Hobbits do like to be comfortable. That is a fact. But in The Hobbit, we read of one hobbit in particular, a Mr. Bilbo Baggins, who leaves his life of comfort behind him to go on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with thirteen dwarves and one wizard. It is the story of how he went from being a respectable hobbit to a very unrespectable, "odd" little hobbit. Bilbo never meant to have an adventure. He was quite clear on that. But never say never. It all starts with a visit from a wizard, Gandalf. That visit leads to another visit--a visit by thirteen dwarves--who call upon him unawares and give him the surprise of his life. They want him--they expect him--to be a part of their expedition, their adventure, their journey to go off and kill a dragon, Smaug by name, and steal his treasure. It's laughable almost, at least at first, but slowly and surely Bilbo gets carried away with it all. And the adventures that follow--oh my!

The Hobbit is a charming and delightful though-not-a-thin adventure book that everyone should read. (Or at least attempt to read! By that I mean, while I loved it--while I think many many people love it--I suppose no one book can please everyone. But this one should at least be attempted, tested to see if you like this sort of thing.)

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9 comments:

Rhinoa 2:44 PM  

I really love this book and my husband prefers it to The Lord of the Rings. It should definitely be read by everyone!

DesLily 5:20 PM  

i need to reread the Hobbit this year along with a few others.. The Hobbit was the book that turned me on to Fantasy reading and I've been loving it ever since!!

Cath 4:36 AM  

I have to admit, I prefer The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings too. Well, maybe not to The Fellowship of the Ring, but certainly to the other two books. Just call me a Phillistine.

Carl V. 7:39 AM  

I agree Becky. I thought the Hobbit was okay but I feel like it and the first half at least of Fellowship of the Ring are inferior to the rest of the series. I really want to reread Two Towers, Return of the King, and The Silmarillion but do not have much desire to reread the others.

Framed 5:12 PM  

I read "The Hobbit" years before the trilogy. I think it gives great background for the rest of the story and really explains the ring. I love all the books.

Jeane 10:04 AM  

I've always loved the Hobbit, even more than Lord of the Rings. I've probably read it ten times, where LoR only got two or three re-reads so far.

Anonymous,  8:13 PM  

I luved the book. really was great in detail and long. I liked that it was long because it never ran out of edge of your seat material. the best fantasy ever.

Anonymous,  6:39 PM  

This Book is so boring im 12 and I HATE IT my teacher made me read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yasmin,  1:14 AM  

I actually hate this book, it was so terrible I nearly fell asleep while reading it. I only read it for school.

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