BOOK REVIEW: The Hobbit – by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Adventure
First published: September 21st 1937
Finished reading: April 29th 2013
Pages: 388
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“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

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I only first found out that The Hobbit existed AFTER I finished reading The Lord Of The Rings trilogy as a teenager… Which is a shame, since The Hobbit is considered to be the prequel story to the series. That said,  I think I actually like this novel better than the other books. One of the (minor) problems I had with the other books is that the pace is so slow because of the many descriptions (although they are necessary for the more than excellent worldbuilding in all J.R.R. Tolkien‘s books). I didn’t have that feeling of a slow pace with The Hobbit. The young Bilbo Baggins is one of my favorite characters of the book exactly because he seems so out of place during the mission… And I love the fact that he is able to cheat his way through all those dangerous moments anyhow. If you are looking for a good fantasy read with excellent worldbuilding, character development and well written prose, don’t look further. The Hobbit and its mission to defeat Smaug the dragon and win back the home and treasure of the dwarves is more than worth it.

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Bilbo Baggins is living like any other hobbit, enjoying a comfortable and unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag-End. He is not prone to adventures at all, but the wizard Gandalf decides to change his life forever when he picks Bilbo as the ‘thief’ on a dangerous mission. Bilbo only realizes this when a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one evening, and not long after that he joins them and Gandalf on a journey ‘there and back again’. Their mission? Travel to the former home of the dwarves, now inhabited by the enormous and dangerous dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The dwarves want their home AND huge treasure back and are determined to defeat the dragon… Will they succeed?

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The Hobbit tells us the history of the famous ring of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy and how it came into the possession of Bilbo Baggins in the first place. It’s a well written adventure packed fantasy story that will both enchant the young and old… This novel by J.R.R. Tolkien has all the elements of a succesful story that is essentially timeless. If you like the genre, make sure to read this one some day.