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WBW Book Corner: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

the_hobbit_1937_cover1In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent

Ah, The Hobbit. the “timeless classic”. It took me way too long to get around to reading this book! And I loved it. I had a great start to this book, barrelling right into the first half of the book full steam ahead, only to put it down for a day or two to forget it. I returned to it last week after a few months away from it, and while I must say I struggled to get back into the sway from where I left off, it was thoroughly enjoyable.

Why did I like this book? Maybe because about a year or two ago, I attempted to read the first Lord of the Rings book, and not for love-nor-money could I get into that damned book! It was only after a friend recommended that I read The Hobbit, that I even considered it. I told my friend of my struggles with the Lord of the Rings only for him to dismiss that, and told be of how different the storytelling in The Hobbit is and that anyone who reads it loves it. And love it I did.

I find it hard looking back over the book to pick out any negative parts, or any bits of the book that I did not like. I guess the only down-side to my reading of the book was that I knew of Martin Freeman was playing the role of Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit movies (which I have yet to see, I must add with much enthusiasm!)and I read the whole book with Martin Freeman and Sir Ian McKellen in their respective roles throughout. Is this good or bad?

After reading this, I am still not sure whether I would return to The Lord of the Rings book(s) by Tolkien. There is a preview of the first chapter at the back of the version of my Hobbit book, and I am not sure if I should (or could) read it or not. The pure amount of description that Tolkien puts into it compared to the Hobbit is unreal, so in hindsight and after writing this, no I don’t think I shall be venturing onward the The Lord of the Rings books just yet. Maybe I’ll just go watch all the movies instead!

In saying that, I recommend that everyone reads this book! It has adventure, Hobbits, Wizards, Dwarves, Creatures of All Shapes and Sizes, and a Dragon! One must not forget the Dragon! Also there is many a merry tale within its pages and whimsical poetry and song along with beautiful illustrations by Tolkien himself!

I gave this book 4/5 stars. It only lost the one star due to my own personal time gap between reading the book.

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