Reviewed by Arnold Richardson
A Fantastical Journey
The title of this book is The Hobbit, written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published by The Random House Publishing Group in 1966. The genre is Fantasy because it is fictional and includes things like wizards, dragons, magic, and monsters. The Hobbit takes place in fantastical medieval times with Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf the Wizard, and the thirteen dwarves journeying through various forests, mountains, and dangerous territories. This book tells the adventure of Bilbo Baggins and his newly acquainted friends. During his journey, he discovers the greatness inside of him and realizes that there is more this world has to offer than relaxation in his cozy home, a warm fire, and scrumptious meals.
One of my favorite parts is when Bilbo meets Gollum in the goblin caves. It gives you a dark, scary, gloomy feeling as well as an entertaining, exciting competition of riddles, foreshadowing the hobbits future encounter with the mighty dragon, Smaug. Another favorite part would be the war over the mountain full of treasure. Humans, dwarves, orcs, goblins, eagles, elves, and the little hobbit, Bilbo, are all involved in this massive war for gold!
The main conflict is characters versus character. The entire adventure is meant for the dwarves to take back there gold from Smaug. The conflict is between the dwarves and Smaug, yet is resolved when Smaug is defeated thanks to the help of Bilbo, and the humans that live by the mountain. Although, because Bilbo is the main character there is another central conflict, character versus himself. Bilbo has always lived for comfort and relaxation, never even imagined nor wanted any adventure. But, he must overcome this desire for peace and take action. He eventually does this by finding a very special ring that gives him the courage to do anything.
The theme of The Hobbit is a peaceful commoner becoming a courageous hero. In the beginning, Bilbo, and the narrator, say “"Good morning!" he said at last. “We don't want any adventures here, thank you! You might try over The Hill or across The Water." By this he meant that the conversation was at an end.”-Pg. 5, J.R.R. Tolkien. This shows his feelings about adventure before the journey and then while telling Smaug who he was, he was proud to say “I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air, I am he that walks unseen. I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number. I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water. I came from the end of a bag, but no bag went over me. I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.” –Pg. 222, J.R.R. Tolkien. He grows more and more brave and heroic throughout his great adventure.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars because I love medieval fantasy. The Hobbit is very fun and exciting, and I like the way it is narratively written. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes the medieval fantasy genre. The book covers everything from peaceful villages to evil dragons. If you enjoyed this book, you should check out The Lord of the Rings book series because The Hobbit is only the prequel to this amazing trilogy written by the same author, J.R.R. Tolkien.