“Whisked from his comfortable hobbit-hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band 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…” – The Hobbit
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien was published on the 21st of September, 1937, and since then has sold over one hundred million copies, and been translated into over fifty languages. The Hobbit can be read by children or adults, and has been an inspiration for many famous authors.
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The book is very well-written and uses lots of different and interesting words. The characters (especially the dwarves) all have very unique personalities.
The use of runes throughout the book is very clever and interesting – it was lots of fun trying to decode them and find their meaning.
Although the book is very well thought out and has an interesting plot, in our opinion, the chapters are too long and repetitive all following the same pattern: get into danger, get out of danger, get into danger, get out of danger. Which makes the book quite boring at some points.
Our favourite thing about the book is probably the character growth Bilbo experiences throughout his tiresome journey. He goes from seeing adventures as “Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things” to being the hero of the story.
Overall, we thought the book was good, but not the best, so we give it three out of five stars.