Book Club: The Hobbit


I don't know if there are any other Tolkien fans reading here but in case you aren't, this year is the 80th year anniversary of when The Hobbit was first published. In honor of that, I decided to re-read a book that meant so much to me during my childhood. 


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien 

Goodreads Synopsis:

Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!


My Review: 

What can I say about this book and the start of a fantastic universe that hasn't been said already? Tolkien's universe was my obsession before even Harry Potter came into my life. It may be one of the most charming stories of fantastical adventure ever told. Bilbo Baggins is a hero who has fantastical qualities that we in modern society don't really idealize. He's kind, he's gentle, and he's humble. He never takes more than his share and what he takes he gives away. He's both a Baggins and a Took. He wants a quiet life, not one filled with wealth, fame, and glory. He's just like us and also not like us. The world is both familiar and unfamiliar. Tolkien is a fantastic writer. 

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