Imagine a book that presents you an entire world, with cultures, races of beings, languages and almost everything else that is in our world today. Sounds like an incredible book, right? Well, one of these types of books is The Hobbit, written by J.R.R.Tolkien, a 20th century English writer.
You are first introduced to Bilbo Baggins, a ‘very well-to-do hobbit’ and the reluctant protagonist of this novel. Bilbo is then thrust into an adventure involving with thirteen dwarves and a wizard named Gandalf to attempt to defeat the dragon Smaug. Bilbo’s adventures take place, presumably, on an earlier form of Earth. En-route to the ‘Lonely Mountain,’ Bilbo and his companions have to deal with: Orcs, Trolls, Wargs and other unpleasant, foul creatures that stand between them and their destination. Tolkien does many things well in The Hobbit that makes the novel enjoyable and powerful. One thing that stands out to me is his use of imagery; the way that he can make you feel what the characters feel, smell what they smell and see what they see. Tolkien also uses exposition skillfully and gives the reader the information they need in a way that seems totally natural; the dwarves and Gandalf show up at Bilbo’s home for dinner and discuss what they plan to do.
Anyone who enjoys adventure, fantasy or just an exemplary novel should read this book. Tolkien’s attention to detail makes the book that much more believable, yet The Hobbit isn’t an incredibly slow-paced novel either, which makes it easy to pick up and read. All in all, I think that The Hobbit is one of the best books I have ever read.
Review by Skylar