Having read this book a lot of times, I thought that it was about time that I got around to giving it a proper reviews. The fact that I have admitted re-reading it on quite a few occasions probably gives you an idea about how much a fan I am of it, although I will try to make the review as balanced as I can.
First published in 1937 by J R Tolkien, The Hobbit is a fantasy story unlike any other. A hobbit from the title of the book, as you will find out, is a very small, happy and jolly person names Bilbo Baggins. The story begins when a wizard comes knocking on Bilbao’s door and tells him that it is time to go on an adventure. Essentially, the dwarves land and treasure has been taken by am evil dragon and Gandolf The wizard is putting together a team to go and retrieve it. To start with the home loving Bilbo is reluctant to go, and some other members of the group question if hew is really up to the task, however he soon proves that he is more than up to the job.
One of the best things about this story is how timeless it is in it’s nature. J R Tolkien writes in a style that is very self aware. There are many occasions in The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings where he talks directly to the reader, and this is something which is both charming and engages you with the story. The passages are written beautifully and they always leave you wanting more. The text never says too much but there is never anything important which you feel has been left out.
If you have read The Lord of the Rings and were not a particular fan of it, you may find that The Hobbit is and easier read, so I definitely recommend that you give Tolkien another try. The story is very different and although it is aimed towards children, there is a huge amount of pleasure to be derived from reading it as an adult. The book is very mature, interesting and fun and there story is a lot more condensed. The book is a perfect combination of good writing, good story telling, well crafted characters and is a classic story which I would highly recommend. As one of the pillars of the fantasy genre, the book has definitely stood the test of time, and with each generation it finds a new audience.
The film series starring Martin Freeman has also gone a long way to further popularising the tale, however there is no better way to immerse yourself in the story than by curling up with the book.