I finally read this classic recently, and thought I’d share my thoughts. First, I read the Lord of the Rings trilogy when the movies came out and I was obsessed (in high school–many moons ago). I’m currently doing the LOTR Chapter a Day readalong on Litsy so that I can finish all of the major Tolkien works. First was The Hobbit, I’m now re-reading the Lord of the Rings books, and then we will finish up with The Silmarillion. Anywho, let’s talk The Hobbit. It follows Bilbo Baggins on his many adventures with a group of dwarves. He’s recruited to go with them as a burglar to find treasure that is rightfully the dwarves’ but is guarded by a dragon.
Real talk: I’m pretty sure I have an unpopular opinion about this book. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it. It was a good, simple story, but it lacked some of the complexity that I liked about The Lord of the Rings. The writing style is also fairly simplistic…but I did try to remind myself that the intended audience was children (I think?). The story did have good adventure, and some tense moments that I was eager to get through. Reading it a chapter a day was a good pace for me, because it kept me interested and engaged, perhaps moreso than if I was trying to read it in longer sittings.
What I enjoyed most about reading The Hobbit was that it provided some context for Lord of the Rings that I lacked before. It was nice to see characters that were in that trilogy appear, and it was really fun to see their origins, so to speak. I also really liked seeing somewhat of a different side of Gandalf than in the movies and even a bit different from the trilogy that followed. Overall, I recommend this if you like a decent, somewhat simple adventure story or if you really like Tolkien’s other works and want some more context. Of course, I think I may be one of the few people in existence that hadn’t read this yet. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the read along & may review the rest of the books as I finish them, too! (I’m now also planning to see The Hobbit movies!)
If you’re interested in my rating, I gave this one a 3 out of 5. What’s your favorite Tolkien work??