Thoughts and Assessment
Loved this book. Can’t believe I didn’t read it before now. I watched all the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings movies, I so I know the story. And yet I was so engrossed by all the action as if it were my very first time interacting with the storylines.
First book I read in 2016. And first classic in the #2016classicschallenge.
In 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. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!
One aspect that struck me as odd while reading and this is a new experience for me, was that I watched the movies before I read the book. I did like the movies before but now not so much. There were so many unnecessary additions to the films.
This is book is hard to review because it was just so good. JRR Tolkien is a master story teller. I feel as if I cannot review without giving spoilers and then another part of me is saying, what spoilers? Everyone in the world has already read this book.
But here is the recommendation, every adult, who for some sad reason, who like me did not read The Hobbit, go read it now. Every parent, guardian, or adult that has any interaction with children, get them a copy of this book and ensure they read it. These children will be eternally thankful.