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Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Monday January 9, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Ballantine Publishing
Copyright: 1973
Published: August 12, 1973
Pages: 306
Form: Paperback
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
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Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo-alone and unaided-who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside . . .

My Thoughts:

I have to admit I was expecting a lot from this book being that it is the predecessor to the amazing Lord of the Rings trilogy and found myself let down a bit.  Although the book was fairly enjoyable, I struggled to get into it, and found it only interesting in parts.

In The Hobbit, Bilbo is almost tricked into going on an adventure with the wizard Gandalph and 13 dwarves to retrieve the treasure stolen from the dwarves by the dragon Smaug so many years ago.  Bilbo is timid at first, not completely sure and confident in his capabilities as a hobbit, and let’s Gandalph and the dwarves make the decisions.  But soon there are several times Bilbo is called upon to be brave and help his traveling companions out of many a sticky situation.

I love that a small man has the opportunity, and rises to it, to become extraordinary in this tale.  Bilbo is faced with some serious opposition, but his clever thinking and quick actions save the day on more than one occasion.  Through his adventure he grows and learns to trust in himself despite the seemingly insurmountable odds.

But as an epic tale, I can only hope Lord of the Rings reads better.  There were many points where the story lagged for me, and I found I wasn’t very motivated to pick this back up and continue.  While I’m glad to know the back story of how Bilbo came across the magical ring, I wasn’t enthralled with the story as I thought I would be.

I plan on finally reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy, so I’m glad I read The Hobbit if for no other reason than to have the back story and history for the books to follow.  The Hobbit was a decent story, but far from epic as I had anticipated.

PS: I just found out they are making this into a movie!  Peter Jackson to direct (YES!).  So I’m hoping the movie will be great.

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16 Responses to “Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien”

  1. reading rendezvous reviewz says:

    I didnt care for this novel either.

  2. I could totally see this being one that’s hard to stay motivated with. But I’ve been wanting to read it for ages.

    I wonder what the audio of this one would be like.

    Great review.

    I can’t wait for the film.

  3. I tried to read the Hobbit many years ago, but I couldn’t get into it. I’m not a big fan of adult fantasy. I hope you enjoy the series.

  4. Missie says:

    I’m not sure if I’ll ever have an interest in reading the books, too much fantasy for me, but I can’t wait to see the movie.

    I’m sorry to hear the story wasn’t as fulfilling as you’d hoped, but I’ve heard the LOTR books are much better.

  5. Brenda says:

    You know… I read this when I was about thirteen years old and I remember loving it… but then I never read the trilogy after that. I also am NOT a fan of fantasy (hee hee hee) —- so now reading your review and I normally agree with all of your reviews – I wonder if I should go back and re read it just to see if the adult me agrees with the teenage me…..
    What do you think?

    • Jade Jade says:

      HA! Now I wonder if I would have liked it better as a teen. Maybe it would have seemed grander back then. Now I imagine it to be like my grandparents house. It seemed so big when I was a child but so small now that I’m an adult.

  6. Lena says:

    I remember trying to read this and didn’t finish. It’s still on my shelf. :-/ I did enjoy the trilogies and I look forward to the film version. It may spark more interest for me and give me the boost I need to finish the book.

    Great review.

    • Jade Jade says:

      I see that I’m not the only one who has struggled with this book. I’m kind of glad to know I’m not alone because I felt like the oddball after reading the many glowing reviews for this book.

  7. Brie says:

    I didn’t like The Hobbit either, but LOTR was just wonderful, so there’s hope. To be honest none of Tolkien’s other books made much of an impression, The Silmarillion was just too boring and complicated and I’m not even sure if it was meant to be published…. But LOTR is a must read, just fantastic, then only warning is that starts slow so be patient!

    • Jade Jade says:

      Honestly Brie I don’t think I’d have an interest in any of his other books. But I’m glad to know LOTR is as fantastic as I heard. I adore the movies and watch them a lot! So I have high hopes for the books.

  8. I haven’t read this one or The Lord of the Rings. Truthfully, I’m not too interested. I’ll wait and see what you think before being too firm on that.

    • Jade says:

      I can understand that. They’re not for everyone and I’m mainly interested because I love the movies so much. Even with them I feel like there is information I’m missing and I wan to know it all so i can understand even better.