Tuesday, 23 October 2018

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

'In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.'

'The Hobbit' follows the story of Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life in Hobbiton. Bilbo has yet to adventure past his front door - until a Wizard named Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves turn up and persuade him to join them on a dangerous adventure as their 'thief'. The Dwarves' plan is to raid a gargantuan hoard of treasure guarded by a Dragon known as 'Smaug the Magnificent'. In exchange, Bilbo gets a share of the treasure and will have a wonderful tale of adventure to tell.

This book follows Bilbo and the Dwarves on their adventure to the Lonely Mountain, the dangers that they face and the friends they make along the way; my favourite first encounter is that of Gollum who plays a game of riddles with Bilbo where if Bilbo loses, he becomes Gollum's next meal. The journey is long and dangerous and there are many obstacles to pass including the Misty Mountains and Mirkwood (a great forest where you should never stray from the path). As well as an adventure of a lifetime this is also a journey of self-discovery for Bilbo, he learns that there is more to him than even he realised, it's so lovely to follow him and watch him grow.

Over on GR, I gave this book a full 5/5 stars. There are absolutely no faults that I could find, I loved every second and I could read it a million times never getting bored of it's wonderful story. I honestly don't think I could give a recommendation that is equal to this book, it was just that great. I definitely need to get my hands on 'The Lord of the Rings' series now!

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