Monday, April 15, 2013

The Hobbit

Review by Edan
Title: The Hobbit
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Published: 1937
Publisher: George Allen & Unwin

Quick Summary:
Bilbo Baggins lives an easy life in his cozy little hobbit hole. He doesn't have a care in the world, until a group of dwarves sweep Bilbo off his feet and into an adventure that changes this little hobbit's life forever. The dwarves (and their announced "burglar" Bilbo Baggins) set off on a quest to take back the dwarfish gold stolen by the dragon Smaug. On their journey to the Smaug's lair, Bilbo encounters giant spiders, a ring of invisibility, goblins, trolls and many twisting riddles and problems. To get to the Lonely Mountain, slay a dragon and return alive seems unlikely, but can this small troop do it?

I loved the fantasy, adventure and never stopping excitement. Bilbo changes a lot through out the story, at first always needing his handkerchief, to later making do with his one meal a day. There is a lot of imagination though out the story and many twists on the different ways mythical creatures look like and act. The journey is expectable, hardships and obstacles blocking their way, but when they reach the Lonely Mountain the story takes another turn. Bilbo begins to act more unexpectedly and has more surprises and secrets. All the characters are interesting, but because Bilbo is traveling with 13 dwarves, you really only get to know some of them. It takes longer to read because each page is crammed with as many words that can fit on it. At first it feels like it is going to take forever, but then it just flies by. I really enjoyed reading The Hobbit and can't wait to read The Lord of the Rings next.

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