The Hobbit - Lord of the Rings, Prequel Author:J. R. R. Tolkien The greatest fantasy epic of our time... — Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo --- alone and ... more »unaided --- who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside...
This stirring adventure fantasy begins the tale of the hobbits that was continued by J.R.R. Tolkien in his bestselling epic The Lord of the Rings.« less
The Hobbit is possibly one of the finest pieces of fantasy fiction ever written. This is a must-read for anybody even remotely interested in the genre. Because it is a stand-alone book it is much easier to get into than the Lord of the Rings trillogy.
Just reviewing it makes me want to read it again!
This is an annual re-read and never disappoints! For the first time however, I did notice that the reading level is somewhat "younger" than his wonderful trilogy. I can hardly wait for the movie(s) and wish that Gandalf could coerce the movie powers that be as easily as he does the dwarves and Bilbo Baggins in this book LOL!
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit that is comfortable in his home, and in his chair drinking tea. The wizard Gandalf thinks Bilbo needs more excitement in his life. Although Bilbo disagrees with Gandalf he ends up in the front lines in many of adventures.
There are subtle hints that a darker time is coming for Middle Earth. Many little things fall into place that would later tell the Lord of the Rings stories. This is the first appearance of Gollum. The scene with Bilbo and Gollum always stood out the most, that and Gandalf.
There really was nothing I disliked. To come up with something I would have to compare to the new movie but I am not going to get into that. But just so you know the book is better and the movie is excellent but different in some places.
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I loved this book! It was so interesting to see how Bilbo got started and follow him through all his adventures. I honestly didn't think the book would be this good because friends who aren't as big a fans of the LOTR series told me they had a hard time following it, but I was very pleasantly surprised. :D