The Hobbit, or, There and back again The Hobbit, Or, There And Back Again

Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel)
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The adventures of the well-to-do hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who lived happily in his comfortable home until a wandering wizard granted his wish. Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo -- alone and unaided -- who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside...

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Title: The Hobbit 

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien 

How borrowed: eLibraryNJ through Libby


Rating: 4/5 


J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit is one of the most famous fantasy novels of all time and the prequel of the immensely popular Lord of the Rings series. The Hobbit is a Hero's Journey novel that tells the adventure of the unadventurous hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, who goes  with the wizard, Gandalf, and twelve dwarves to defeat the evil dragon, Smaug, and obtain treasure. 

  Gandalf sort of tricks Baggins, who was used to the comforts of home and his ordinary life, into joining the dwarfs on their perilous quest. Throughout his journey, Baggins encounters some humans but also many mythical species that exist in Tolkien's created setting, including hobbits, wizards, dwarves, dragons, elves, and goblins. He faces countless challenges that helped him become a brave adventure and close friends with his companions. Baggins and his companions escaped from death numerous times and actually defeated Smaug, an extraordinary feat, although most of their success is due to luck. 

Tolkien is a master with words and impressively describes the species and history of his fantasy world in great detail, creating a setting that seems extraordinary real. He casually introduces important information about the world The Hobbit takes place in that readers would end up knowing a lot the imaginary world and some basic information about many mythical creatures just from this relatively short novel. 

  Even though The Hobbit is an adventure novel, it is also very comedic. There are many humorous scenes throughout the novel even with all the dangerous challenges the heroes faced. In my humble opinion, comedy is a staple in any good fictional story. 

The Hobbit is definitely an incredibly entertaining and worthwhile read. After all, it’s a popular novel for a reason! 


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