Reviewed by: Erica
The last thing Bilbo Baggins, from the novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Toilken, wanted was an adventure; but an adventure is exactly what he got when Gandalf, the greatest wizard in all the land, selected him as the burglar for a risky mission. (And believe me, Gandalf does not take no for an answer.) The mission? Bilbo, Gandalf, and 13 dwarves were to all journey to the Lonely Mountain to retrieve the ancestral treasure of Thorin, which is worth a fortune, from a devious dragon. Easier said than done. And besides, quite frankly, Bilbo is more absorbed in peaceful tea time and carelessly blowing smoke rings than slaying some dragon named Smaug. His priorities much change from savoring his comfortable Hobbit-Hole to just surviving. Every action he takes could mean his survival or his death. Clumsy trolls, wicked goblins, and nefarious wargs seem to make it their business to ensure that their adventure is unsuccessful. They travel through deep murky forests, cross ice cold streams, and climb countless rocky mountains. As their days become more and more treacherous, Bilbo longs more and more for his home. He needs courage and the will to go on more than ever. His bravery is his only weapon, and his courage is tested when in the distance the Lonely Mountain looms, frowning upon the valley.
If deep, meaningful, touching novels are your favorite, I would recommend The Hobbit. If you crave for a lot, (and I mean a lot,) of adventure and mythical creatures, The Hobbit is your book. So basically if you like fantasy, you’d appreciate this novel. The figurative language is ingenious, and in my notes I was constantly jotting down similes, metaphors, personification, and idioms. I kept noting the themes and Biblical connections I made and recorded all of the amazing vocabulary. By page 306, my copy was nearly falling apart from all of my notes. The writing was plain brilliant. There’s no other way to put it. It blew my mind. Bilbo’s courage and perseverance grew throughout the story, and I love seeing a character transform over the length of the book. It was so well written that I was able to compare a lot of the creatures and characters to the Bible. Over all, The Hobbit wasn’t my favorite book ever, but that was mostly because fantasy is not a genre I enjoy. I prefer books that I can relate to my own life. The only reason I didn’t love it was because of the genre. The writing was astounding; I can’t say that enough. So, I guess this book was okay after all!
I recommend The Hobbit to readers who love adventure packed books. If you like to dig deep into your reading, this is your novel. I’d say you should be at least 11 years old to read this, because this is not an easy read.