The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


J.R.R. Tolkien’s book tells the story of a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins and his adventures with 12 dwarves and a wizard named Gandalf. They set off on a journey to reclaim stolen treasure a dragon stole long ago. Bilbo, who had no aspirations to ever leave his home much less any interest in treasure is volunteered for this quest by Gandalf. Even though he’s the smallest of the “men” he proves himself to be the most useful.

The Hobbit is told from the narrators (Tolkien’s) point of view. Even though Bilbo is the main character and the story mainly follows him, Tolkien jumps between characters and shows what else is happening during Bilbo’s adventures.
Tolkien was very descriptive in this book. The environment was easy to picture and the maps throughout the books helped visualize their travels.
There are so many things that I can’t wait to see in the movie: The animals serving food in Beorns house. Bilbo’s journey on top of the barrels towards laketown. Bilbo’s game of riddles with Gollum. The giant spiders and of course hearing all the songs the dwarves sing throughout the book.

The one problem I had with this book was the death of Thorin. He was a main character and Bilbo’s friend for a year and when he died, it was “Farewell!”  It even seemed kind of oddly cheerful…well that’s how I read it. Yes, there was Bilbo crying, but it was all so quick. I’m not saying I wanted a long drawn out death but I just hope in the film the loss of Thorin is a heartfelt one. He was great part of the story, and I feel like the death should have moved the reader (me) more.


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