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

Review by: Jackson

“I wish I was back in my hobbit-hole,” Bilbo Baggins said countless times.  In The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Bilbo Baggins is living just fine in his hobbit-hole until he steps outside to get some fresh air.  When he steps outside he sees a stranger roaming around and they get into an argument about the meaning of good morning; When the stranger reveals himself as the great wizard Gandalf, Bilbo apologizes and invites him Hobbit_coverto tea on Wednesday. When the doorbell rings Wednesday, instead of Gandalf, in comes a dwarf.  Later Bilbo hears the doorbell and in comes another dwarf and so on until there are thirteen dwarfs in his hobbit-hole. Finally, Gandalf shows up and they discuss their plan which is to reclaim the mountain that belonged to Thorin’s ancestors and kill Smaug the dragon who has taken over the mountain so Thorin can be king under the mountain.  The next day they set out  on their journey.

The first obstacle they come upon is trolls, which they pass easier than they do for any other obstacle.  The second thing that gets in their way is  the Misty Mountains.  While they are passing through the mountains,they are captured by goblins.  Right as the dwarves are escaping, Bilbo is knocked unconscious, and when he wakes up, he is in the heart of the Misty Mountains. Bilbo stumbles upon a ring. Now, this ring is not normal; it can turn you invisible. While Bilbo is trying to escape from the deep tunnels of the mountains, he crosses paths with a creature like nothing he has ever seen before. The creature’s name is Gollum and he promises to show Bilbo the way out, if Bilbo can beat him in a riddle contest. If Gollum wins he gets to eat Bilbo. Bilbo wins the contest, but Gollum still wants to eat him, Bilbo slips the ring on his finger and starts to run. He trips and falls but Gollum races past him. Gollum thinks Bilbo knows the way out of the mountains, so he leads him to the opening in the mountain. Bilbo escapes by the buttons of his shirt!

The next obstacle in their way is Mirkwood Forest. While in this forest, Bilbo and the dwarves fight off spiders as big as themselves and escape from elf custody. Next, they have to face Smaug in the Lonely Mountain. Bilbo awakens the dragon and the dragon attacks the nearest town. Luckily, one of the townspeople, Bard, has a special arrow. The townsperson shoots the arrow at Smaug’s tender breast and kills Smaug. Now that the dragon is dead, the dwarves have the mountain all to themselves. The problem is that the elves, the goblins, the men, the dwarves and the wargs (smart wolves) all want the mountain to themselves. This is the beginning of the Battle of the Five Armies. Who will win? It is Men, dwarves and elves versus goblins and wargs.

The Hobbit was terrific. Tolkien described each character so well, I could imagine them in my head. I loved how Tolkien made biblical connections. The ring represented evil and Gollum represented someone who had the ring and what the ring did to him. I could feel what Bilbo was feeling and that helped me understand The Hobbit. Overall, this novel was super, teaching me the lesson of never giving up – even in the hardest times.

I would recommend this book for people who like fantasy. Also, people who are bored when they read would love this book. You should read The Hobbit if you are 11 years of age or older!!