The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
Title: The Hobbit or There and Back Again
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
I have very fond memories of my dad reading this book to me and my brother as children. This was my first reread of it, though, since ninth grade.
Bilbo Baggins is, of course, a hobbit. “The Bagginses had lived in the neighbourhood of The Hill for time out of mind, and people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected: you could tell what a Baggins would say on any question without the bother of asking him.” Unfortunately for Bilbo, he was about to change the Bagginses’ reputation. Gandolf, a wizard, set him up to be hired as a burglar for a band of dwarves who were setting out to steal back their gold and jewels from Smaug the dragon.
This is a classic fantasy adventure tale. Maybe the classic fantasy adventure tale. Bilbo and the dwarves have a number of adventures, including Bilbo’s fateful meeting with Gollum and the ring. The story is well written, if a little episodic. I can’t really say anything bad about it. Just go read it!
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien [rating:4]