Summary of: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Summary by: Caleb


Dragons, elves, and hobbits, oh my!  In The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Bilbo Baggins is a respectable hobbit with no interest in adventures, but way too much in food and keeping things clean.  When some unexpected visitors, 12 dwarves and the wizard Gandalf, approach him with an adventure and mess up his house, Bilbo has no choice but to travel with them.  The mission is to reclaim the dwarves’ original home, the Mountain, which has been conquered by Smaug the dragon for many years.  Everything is going along smoothly until they are captured by trolls.  After Gandalf saves them by letting sunlight turn the trolls to stone, the party has to continue and trek across the Misty Mountains.  Through the climb, the party is captured by goblins.  When they fight back and kill the Goblin King, Bilbo is plunged into a tunnel where he meets the infamous and cruel Gollum.  They play a game of riddles, and Bilbo gets a ring and returns to the group.  Just before the party leaves, the goblins come back and attack them.  Luckily for the group, giant eagles come and carry them off to safety.  They are dropped off after that. Along the way to the Mountain, they fight off giant spiders, get captured by elves, and escape the elves in wine barrels.  When they get to the Mountain, Smaug is there, and he is very powerful.  Knowing that he is the only one who could have a chance of ridding the Mountain of the dragon, Bilbo tries to gain courage and be brave.  Will he defeat the dragon?

I thought that The Hobbit was a very engrossing book.  The journey was always action-packed, like the attack of the goblins, or the Battle of the Five Armies.  I also enjoyed the complaints of Bilbo about the journey, which I found humorous.  I think the theme was to be brave.  I saw this when Bilbo wasn’t very brave at the start, but later on he knew he had to be, when facing the dragon Smaug, or taking part in the Battle of the Five Armies.  While reading , I felt exited because of all the action going on in the story; it made me cling to the edge of my seat.  I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

I recommend The Hobbit to adventure lovers, because of all the fighting and excitement that went on in the novel.  Anyone who enjoys fantasy should read this, because it is full of wizards, goblins, and elves are in it, along with magic.  This is a great book story for adventure and fantasy lovers.