J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit reviewed by jseger9000
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Bilbo Baggins is a quiet little fellow living a quiet little life until a visit from Gandalf, the wandering wizard changes everything. Before he knows it, he's been shanghaied into helping thirteen dwarves recover their loot and their kingdom from the dread dragon Smaug.
The Hobbit is my favorite book. One I reread every couple of years and have since childhood. Originally I read it for thrill of seeing Bilbo outwit trolls, riddle for his life and battle giant spiders. Now I enjoy seeing him change and mature over the course of the novel (though I still love watching Bilbo get out of various scrapes and situations).
Written with young readers in mind, Tolkien’s narration is delightful. He has a good time telling his story, occasionally speaking directly to the reader or acknowledging that he is getting ahead of himself as he tells his tale. The Hobbit is the tap-root of most modern fantasy, but so much of it is missing the whimsical nature of this book (including Tolkien’s own Lord of the Rings which I don’t like nearly as much).
I’m sure there are faults with the book that I’m just not seeing because it is too close to my heart. But I do think it is a book that is perfect for childhood, yet one that will stand up to a reread in later years. It is short, exciting and funny and has some depth. And there is magic pressed between its covers.
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