Title: The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
No. of pages: 351
Genre: Fantasy, classic, literature
Publication date: September 21st 1937
Date read: 11 July 2017
Smaug certainly looked fast asleep, when Bilbo peeped once more from the entrance. He was just about to step out on to the floor when he caught a sudden thin ray of red from under the drooping lid of Smaug’s left eye. He was only pretending to be asleep! He was watching the tunnel entrance…
Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon.
First, I have to say that I was quite dreading reading this book. I’ve read the first two books in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and I found them quite boring. I loved the writing, it was very poetic, but the descriptions were so long at times! Luckily, I can safely say that I just added The Hobbit to my favourite shelf on Goodreads. I absolutely loved it! It was such a cute little story about a hobbit going on a big adventure for the first time in his life! Some years ago I saw the films in the theatre, and I liked them, but actually not that much (loved Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins though!) I found them quite funny, but I thought that was just a commercial thing to make it more sellable. While reading The Hobbit I actually laughed out loud a few times: the humour is just the same as in the films! Loved it!
Especially the parts about Bilbo Baggins were cutely funny. Bilbo finds himself in the most terrifying situations, but most times, all he can think about is that he missed his second breakfast because of it. (I know, very important!) At the same time Bilbo was also the most courageous character in the story: a real hero! All of a sudden Bilbo gets disturbed by Gandalf and a party of dwarves (yes, dwarves) while he’s just enjoying his garden, his home, his second breakfasts and his life in general. He gets dragged along on an adventure that he really doesn’t want to go on. It soon seems like he doesn’t have a choice but to go, and after that he gets confronted by trolls, evil goblins, Gollum and heavy thunder while he’s far away from his cosy home. Nevertheless, Bilbo seems to know that the only way back home is by going on in this adventure, by fighting the evil creatures and pushing himself through it all!
I really enjoyed reading The Hobbit. I took my time reading it and I didn’t force myself through it. Tolkien’s writing style is so so wonderful and I just love the fact that Tolkien has built a whole new world through his stories! I can’t wait to rewatch the three Hobbit films!