There’s no question about it: J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit book is a five out of five!
I actually read the book after seeing the first two Hobbit movies; I do believe this helped make the book spring to life so vibrantly for me.
The Hobbit is a story about little Bilbo Baggins and his not-so-little adventure. My favorite thing about this book is definitely the character growth Bilbo experiences throughout his tiresome journey; he pushes and challenges himself and steps way out of his comfort zone, and in the end he proves to be quite heroic for just a little Hobbit. In some books I read, the main character doesn’t learn anything or fight for anything, but in The Hobbit, Bilbo is constantly learning and constantly pushing himself out of his comfort zone, which is incredibly inspiring. This is his journey of self-discovery, and boy does he discover a thing or two about himself and his limits. After I read the last line in The Hobbit, I closed the book and felt the need to go challenge myself somehow, in some way. If a little tiny Hobbit who sees adventures as “nasty disturbing uncomfortable things” can sneak up on a gold-protecting dragon, then surely I can take on any challenge thrown my way. That’s how Bilbo’s story makes you feel, anyway.
Another reason I adore this book is because it shows the reader that you can make friends with the most unlikely people. Everyone has something different to offer, to bring to the table, and you should give everyone a chance because you never know when you could be passing up on an amazing person.
I also love that each of Tolkien’s characters were written in a distinct voice; I had a crystal-clear image of each character in my head as I read, and, like I wrote earlier, the characters sprung to life straight away. The songs in this book were great, too, and I loved that, despite the stress of their dangerous journey, the characters were able to sings songs and laugh and smile. The humor was on point; it was subtle, and injected at just the right times.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m obsessed with the elves in the Middle-earth stories, so I took to their parts of the book like a moth to a flame, clutching my book and gluing my eyes to those pages. I didn’t want to miss a single, enchanting detail about them. (I’ll admit it, I’m one of the few people who loves that they added Tauriel as a love interest for Legolas in the films; they had a ton of extra room to fill in those movies, so I was happy they filled some of it with my beloved elves.) Needless to say, Tolkien did an amazing job at making his elves enchanting.
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
That is the line that started this entire epic fantasy; such a small and simple line began such a massive, complex adventure.
Who do I recommend this book to? Well, everyone (obviously!), but if we’re being realistic: I’d recommend The Hobbit to anyone who fancies a character who is forever changed by the end of a story. Anyone who likes to see a character grow and push himself to his limits. Anyone who likes epic fantasy and can picture scenes and characters in great detail. And of course, anyone who is a fan of the films.