The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, a Fantasy Classic
This is the book that started it all. The adventure of the unassuming Bilbo Baggins, a curious creature called a Hobbit. We are introduced to this facinating species both by their quirks and their courage, loyalty and intelligence. In this Master work by Tolkien the at first timid Bilbo is introduced to his first adventure by Gandalf, wizard, mentor and friend of the mild mannered hobbit.
Into the mix comes the dwarves, regal and royal, who have determined to obtain the treasure that they feel is their birth right, stolen by the evil dragon Smaug. Gandalf engineers the meeting of Bilbo and the dwarves and the adventure begins.
This wonderful tale of adventure and self discovery winds through middle earth, land of hobbits, elves, dwarves, and man. The saga entails a sub-adventure in which Bilbo, lost and alone faces a battle of wits, literally with a maligant creature named "Gollum". At the end of the riddle war Bilbo stumbles in deep dark caves with menacing Orc's around every corner in an effort to escape from Gollum. During his flight he stumbles and fall's, as his hands clutch for stability his fingers close around something.
Yes, this is where the Ring of Power comes into the picture, resulting in the later adventures of Bilbo's nephew Frodo.
The created middle earth, it's inhabitants, and the tales of adventure, fear and ultimately victory, albeit relatively brief (or there would have been no need for the trilogy to come later) is a literary classic. The Genre of fantasy books is old, but JRR Tolkien fine tuned it with this masterpiece that created a formula for all fantasy books to come.
Not only is this highly recommended reading, it should be manditory reading in schools. Tolkien assured his place in literary history with these works.
The Sometimes Unknown Masterpiece!
The Hobbit is the magnificent beginning to the now popular Lord of the Rings, Trilogy. This book should be read by anyone who loves the fantasy genre, but especially for those that have enjoyed the Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit provides, (with amazingly vivid detail) a stunning desription of Middle-Earth and some of it's history. It also introduces you to Gandolf and Bilbo and how they became friends; as well as the trecherous Golem and the story of how Bilbo came to posess "The Ring". All of this is wrapped into a fantastic adventure that really stands alone from the Lord of the Rings and yet is in my opinion crucial to set up and create the background for the Lord of the Rings.
In summary; you will love this book all by itself with all it's orcs, dwarves, elves, dragon, wizard, hobbits and more. But perhaps you will take even more from it if you already have an appreciation for the Lord of the Rings. You will not be disapointed with this book wheather in hardback or in softcover.
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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien, father of fantasy, philogolist, friend and colleague of C.S. Lewis, Pipe-smoker, wizard, genius! The prelude to LOTR, now 71 years since having been first published, has not aged a day. The novel is so finely fashioned, I feel I could open it and smell bacon, eggs, butter, toast, tea, mead, earthen Hobbit hole, and fine tobacco. The generations of the 60s and 70s found Tolkien to be so intriguing because industrial America was ready for escape. Escape to where? Tolkien claimed that his work was not fiction, but fact. He drew from his vast knowledge of ancient Norse mythologies, and most notably the story of Beowulf. It is this mystic glimpse into the magical past that draws us hither into worlds long lost. Here my precious, pack a bowl from the tobacco jar, blow some smoke-rings, and come to learn of Thorin son of Thrain, King under the Mountain and his immense horde of treasure, not to mention the War of Five Armies.
Excellent book. The great story of the rings begins here. Worth a read. Before the Lord of the Rings and Frodos tale Bilbo's tale begins. This is the beginning of the trilogy and the characters of the past are introduced along with Gandalf and Thorin and the rest of the fellowship. If you are a fan of the Lord of the rings you must begin with the hobbit.
I had purchased this book because I watched the trilogy of "Lord of the rings", and wanted to know what happened before that. This book was so intensely exciting! I felt as if I was right there in the story. That is how enticing and exciting this book is. I actually am reading this again. This book gives you some information about things that transpired before the "Lord of the rings" books. If you want excitement and adventure and goblins and giant eagles and bats and dwarfs so much more, this IS the book to read!!