The Hobbit

The HobbitI’m almost 2/3 of the way into my next book, so I guess I’m overdue for blogging about The Hobbit. As most of you undoubtedly know, J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, set about 60 years before the events in Lord of the Rings. It follows the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, who, despite his dislike of adventures, finds himself caught up in a quest to regain the dragon-guarded treasure and homeland of a band of dwarves.

The Hobbit was written for children, which keeps the story light-hearted and amusing. The narrator occasionally interjects his own voice and involves the reader (“If you have ever seen a dragon in a pinch, you will realize that this was only a poetical exaggeration…”). It’s also only about 300 pages long, which seems awfully short for a movie trilogy, but I’m not going to complain much. 😉

I only wish there had been more character development; most of the dwarfs weren’t given distinct personalities or stories. There’s Thorin Oakenshield (the king and main dwarf character), Bombur (the fat dwarf), Fili and Kili (the young dwarfs who often go scouting), and… nine other dwarfs. :-/

Overall, I thought The Hobbit was a fun read and one that children and adults alike can enjoy.