“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien – A Book Review

Though “The Hobbit” was a classic, first published in 1937, I took no interest. After two films and much publicity surrounding this book (2012 and 2013), I decided to read the book.

The adventure by Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit, was one of thrills and dangers. Readers meet wizards, men, dwarves, goblins, wargs, wood-elves, spiders, humongous eagles, and Smaug the dragon. The story is pure imagination. Even Smaug spoke in the story. You can follow their conversations as you read the book.

The book was written to entertain young children. Even as adult, I too was captivated by the unusual adventure of Bilbo and the thirteen dwarves, together with Gandalf, the wizard. The dwarves led by Thorin were to reach the Lonely Mountain and claim back the kingdom under the mountain. They had to fight Smaug, the dragon, which took control of the mountain and all the gold and jewellery in it. Gandalf considered Bilbo as an important player in order for this quest to succeed.

JRR Tolkien kept the readers engaged. The style of the book is one of story-telling. It was as if Tolkien was telling a bed-time story to young ones. It was humorous and witty. There was never a dull moment in the adventure which also includes gruesome battles among different groups.

Tolkien used language which was at times poetic and colourful. The sentence structure takes some getting used to and is not seen in modern writings. This is the beauty of this book.

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