Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Cover artist: Ted Nasmith
Editor: Christopher Tolkien
This book is a great thing to read before you read the Lord of the Rings series. Although I have not read the Lord of the Rings yet, I have watched the movies and they are very similar to The Hobbit. This book also gives you a sense of what the heck you are reading in the series because you more or less learn about the world of Middle Earth’s creatures with Bilbo, the main character of the book. He is also the hobbit in The Hobbit.
Speaking of creatures and characters, my favorite character is probably Gandalf because he is the wise, insightful, clever one who found Bilbo to be the fourteenth person (meaning someone with human-like qualities) in a quest. He’s also one of the two wizards in the book and the most understanding wizard in the book. (For those of you who don’t know about my favorite series of all time, I’m a Harry Potter freak.) I think that the most popular person in the book is Bilbo because he’s really the one you get to know the most.
What the book is really about is a quest to slay the dominating and terrifying dragon Smaug and to get back the semi-ancient gold and treasure he stole from the dwarves in a semi-ancient period. It starts off with a Hobbit, like any other, living a perfectly normal life, when the wizard Gandalf comes along and brings a band of twelve homeless dwarves. (For those of you who don’t know, hobbits are absolutely not adventure seekers.) They introduce themselves and start telling stories that they claim are true about lost gold and great kings.
They manage to drag Bilbo into their quest after a night of hospitality and set out to the misty mountains where the dragon dwells. On the way they meet many creatures, some are friends, like Beorn the other wizard, but most are foes, like the elves, the goblins, the trolls, and the giant spiders, capable of human speech.
When they finally get to the misty mountains after many perilous passages and forests, they find themselves greeted by an incredibly large dragon. Bilbo uses a secret passage which the dragon does not know about to get into the lair. He comes out with the good news that they have certainly reached their destination and a huge, two-handled, golden cup which he daringly stole.
The way he does this without getting seen or eaten by the dragon is a magic ring that makes the bearer invisible. He found it after a confrontation with Gollum, a creature that used to be a hobbit named Sméagol, before he was driven completely insane.
A group of men that lives near the mountain finally bring up the courage to slay the scaly, winged, fire breathing terror. Rejoice is shared by the men and the dwarves and the dwarves get their gold, treasure, and kingdom under the mountain back. Then a war between five armies starts, between the goblins, the elves, the dwarves, the men, and the evil wolves, also called the wargs. The men, the elves, and the dwarves team up because they all loath the wargs and the goblins. They finally win after much battling and Bilbo goes home with two chests of gold and silver and starts his normal life once again.
This was a very, very good book. It has some slightly difficult vocabulary and mild media action violence. It’s not really gory, but I wouldn’t read it to little kids. I would recommend this book to all ages eight and up.
Posted by: Fred Reads