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Book Review – The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien — December 14, 2012

Book Review – The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien


  • Book: The Hobbit
  • Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Genre: Fiction (Fantasy)
  • Year of Release: 1937
  • Read 255-page hardcover edition in December 2012.

Book Description: This prequel to Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is an exciting fantasy that follows the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, a respectable hobbit who is approached by the wizard Gandalf and 13 dwarves to join them in a quest for treasure taken by the evil dragon Smaug.  Despite his small stature, the hobbit Bilbo becomes an important ally to this group of adventurers, who go through a number of extreme challenges as they press forward towards their goal at the Lonely Mountain.

Book Review: In preparation for the movie’s release, I decided to re-read this book, which I have read several times, the first time being in Grade 7 at the age of 12.  The book impressed me, yet again, with its sense of fun and adventure.  Tolkien does a wonderful job of adding colour and humour to his fantasy adventure, and he has an amazing talent of keeping the story moving quickly while still giving us lush descriptions of mountainous, forest, and other settings.  The character development is also a hallmark of Tolkien’s writing, as he knows to focus not only on his complex fantasy world and its settings and mythology, but also on the characters in the adventure, so that we care about the outcomes.  The conclusion of the novel is unique, not predictable, and enjoyable.  Overall, this is a great story, and is a wonderful setup to the even more complex Lord of the Rings. Well done!

Overall: 5 stars out of 5