Book Review- The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien

 Written by Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit is the prelude to the Lord of the Rings. It is a more light-hearted book compared to Lord of the rings.


The fantasy is based on the setting of Middle-Earth. Dwarves, goblins, trolls, and elves – a fantasy loving reader would thoroughly enjoy this book. The book challenges the reader’s imagination as Tolkien creates a whole new world of his. His juggling with words makes reading the book interesting.


The protagonist of the book, Bilbo Baggins was initially an unambitious little hobbit in the sleepy village of Shire. He ends up in an unexpected adventure when Gandalf and 13 dwarves land at his doorstep. Gandalf selected Bilbo from all the hobbits as he was a burglar and had at least some qualities needed for an adventurer, which was rare to find in comfort loving hobbits. The dwarves found him of no use and the hobbit went on the journey only because of Gandalf’s faith in him. They must fight the evil dragon Smaug the Magnificent to retrieve the hoarded treasure. To do that, they must travel a long journey through the Misty Mountains, Mirkwood and finally the Lonely Mountain. During the adventure, they meet several challenges, and they fight several goblins, giants, wolves, and spiders. At the end, the unexpected Battle of the five armies takes place. As they go through the adventure, we realize the true character of Bilbo and how the dwarves realize his importance.


The book reveals the hidden depths of Bilbo, Gollum and Gandalf from the Lord of the Rings.

The book is for children of age 8 – 12 years and I would highly recommend it. 

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