The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Series: Middle-Earth Universe
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
First published September 21st, 1937
Genres: Middle Grade (/YA), Fantasy
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Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey ‘there and back again’. They have a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.
The prelude to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies since its publication in 1937, establishing itself as one of the most beloved and influential books of the twentieth century.
Well… I finally did it! I read The Hobbit and although I can’t say I loved it, I fairly enjoyed it, which I was not expecting at all.
I was a bit hesitant going into this book because I’ve seen the movies a couple of times and they are just so forgettable, I didn’t know what to expect of the book, especially with it being a middle grade. Well, I could definitely see the middle-grade part in it, but it can for sure be enjoyed by adults alike.
One of the things most different about this book is the narration, it’s just like being told a story before sleep. Occasionally you even get those parts (like a narrator’s intervention) clarifying something or just adding some details to the story. They were interesting, it really made me feel like I was being told the story, instead of plainly reading it.
But the best part of the book for me is the cleverness of it all. We have a MC – Bilbo – that isn’t your everyday type of hero, going on a possibly deadly adventure with tons of dwarfs he never met, and whose names will make you dizzy. Bilbo doesn’t even try to be a hero, he is just himself and tries to do the best he can.
Along the way through the adventure, we can notice some differences in him, how he is dealing with things, how he feels more confident and happy even tho he almost dies every second… It’s just so fun and refreshing because normally we have people that are capable of embarking on adventures from the very beginning. Well, not here. I absolutely loved Bilbo, how truthful, honest and sensitive he is and how he shows a person can change his life just by deciding to do it. He is also very clever and I loved all the riddles SO much!!
Another thing that is definitely worth noting is the world. It’s quite complex, interesting and a lot of fun. While on their adventure, they pass through unimaginable things. Some light and fun, others slightly stress-y. They are incredibly well-balanced and gripping. The writing really helps of course, but the world, although in this book you might not notice it as much as probably in the next ones, it’s indeed quite complex and I can’t wait to read The Lord of the Rings trilogy because of that! Plus I remember loving the movies for that…
This is definitely a book worth reading, it doesn’t really matter at what age, but it’s worth it. It’s fun, gripping and a bit bitter-sweet at times, and I would definitely recommend it. I also think it’s a book that grows on you, because I can definitely notice that some parts of the book really entered my heart and it’s a book I would consider re-reading and I think I might enjoy it even more then.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!