The Hobbit By J.R.R. Tolkien

I enjoyed this fantasy book because the author has an interesting writing style, like where he writes, “In a hole in the ground lived a hobbit.  Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort.”  The fact that I know the main character, “Bilbo B. Baggins,” makes the story all the better.

When the book starts out, you meet a hobbit, Bilbo Baggins to be exact, and you learn about him and his relatives.

Then Gandalf  (the wizard) comes along and Bilbo is unknowingly recruited to be on a quest for Smaug’s (the terrorist dragon) money.  He  eventually agrees to go and Bilbo, Gandalf, and the dwarves set off over the hills where they meet Elrond at his elf house.  The next day, they ride off and camp unsuspectingly in the doorstep of the evil goblins cave.  They are awoken when they are dragged under the mountain by the goblins and while trying to run away, the dwarf carrying Bilbo (because dwarves are faster than hobbits) drops him and he is knocked unconscious.  He wakes up to find Gollum (a nasty little cave dwelling creature) and after winning a riddle match he runs away with Gollum’s invisibility  ring.  After meeting up with the rest of the crew they come to Beorn’s house where they stayed three days the set off for the woods.

When the reached the river on the far side of the woods, they had little supplies and Bombur (one of the dwarves) was knocked out by that same river (it was enchanted).  Then they stumbled across the Elven King’s halls and were arrested for disrupting his parties.  Bilbo had escaped arrest by using his invisibility ring and eventually saved the rest by putting them in barrels that would be floated down the river.  At the end of the river there was a town on the island in the middle of Long Lake where they were treated like kings because they were prophesied to kill Smaug.  When they left the lake they reached Smaug’s mountain and stayed till Smaug left to kill the people in the town on Long Lake.  During Smaug’s absence they realized he had been killed and soon enough everyone was around the mountain wanting some of the gold.  Then the goblins rolled up on their wolves and the Battle of Five Armies began.  Bilbo was soon knocked out and woke to find it over, one of his companions dead, and two chests of spoils for him. He went home and found his possessions being raffled off because he was presumed dead.

The perfect person for this book would probably like fantasy, such as elves, hobbits, and dragons.  This reader might also have interest in J.R.R. Tolkien’s previous writings and/or complex plots.

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