Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Release Date: November 2nd, 1998 (originally September 21st, 1937)
Publisher: HaperCollins Children’s Books
Pages: 365 (Paperback)
Genre: Adventure | Fantasy | Magic
Read: from January 28 to February 6, 2012
Source & Shelf: Purchased | Own
ISBN: 9780006754022 (Paperback)
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!
*This review might contain spoilers!*
OH MY GOD!!!
What I’ve been missing all this time. I cannot believe I’ve never read Tolkien before in my life being a good fan of The Lord of the Rings movies.
The Hobbit came as a surprisingly good reading for me. It has such a nice story, filled with fantasy and magic, is so easy to fall in love with the main plot and get lost within Tolkien’s Middle Earth.
Bilbo Baggins was, undoubtedly, the best character in the whole book (for me, at least) and his development and characterization nothing to do with I’ve seen in the movies by Peter Jackson. My idea of Bilbo after reading this book altered considerably. He changes greatly throughout the book, transforming into this adventurous, tell-story and heroic hobbit you just want to sit down and spend the rest of your life hearing him tell his journeys. Absolutely amazing I dare say.
I wasn’t expecting the death of a certain character. I was shocked when I read that dwarf died (I don’t wish to spoil… much). I believe that knowing the actors for the movie made me hopeful about this particular character; and the fact that I actually liked him. He was a brave and honourable dwarf, I have to acknowledge it.
I have to be honest and admit that I was surprised with how Bilbo truly found the ring. I’ve been sort of spoiled by The Lord of the Rings, the movie giving us an idea slightly different from the true story. The riddles and the desperation of Gollum in that particular chapter made me realise how clever Tolkien was and how thoughtless a person like me can be. The enigmas were so interesting I wouldn’t read the answer until I’d try.
I thought this book was going to be extremely hard and difficult to read. However, I found it easy and a pure delight. Reading it in the original was a good idea since it can prepare to the upcoming event I’ve been waiting my entire life (okay, since 2001); read The Lord of the Rings. People tell me how the trilogy is hard, tricky and complicated to read and I thought The Hobbit was also going to be one of those books I would understand only 50%, leaving the rest to my imagination. And, after knowing that the book was written for Tolkien’s children, I was amazed and enchanted. I felt like a child reading a bed-time story.
I can say this book is a pure and a true master-piece and, if you haven’t read it yet, you ought to do so and soon, whether you’re an adult, adolescence or a child; this is a MUST READ BOOK!!!
It’s timeless and precious.