The Hobbit is a fantasy fiction novel for children, written by English author J R R Tolkien. This book was published in 1937 to much critical acclaim, and is a prequel to the classic fantasy novel The Lord Of The Rings. This book is seen as an introduction to The Lord Of The Rings’ main characters, including the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, and the main antagonist Sauron, who at the time of this book is weakened and regrouping.
The Hobbit follows the tale of a home-loving hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, and his adventure in helping Thorin, a dwarf and his twelve companions reclaim their treasure from the usurping dragon, Smaug. Smaug had killed Thorin’s grandfather and taken the dwarves homeland of Erebor for himself. Erebor, at the time of being usurped by the dragon, was one of the richest areas in the land. Bilbo is tricked by Gandalf into joining the company of dwarves and undertakes a long journey to Erebor, meeting elves, giant spiders, orcs and a certain creature named Gollum. Bilbo ends up thieving Sauron’s Ring of Power from Gollum, hiding this theft from Gandalf and his other companions. This theft is the main basis of the plot of the more famous Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Bilbo’s participation in the journey, though initially met with scepticism by the dwarves, eventually proves a boon to them as he gets them out of many sticky situations. Gandalf splits ways with the dwarves to go fight a manifestation of Sauron in his refuge spot. Bilbo’s journey culminates with the death of Smaug at the hands of a man and a final war between the dwarves, elves and humans on one side and Sauron’s orcs on the other side.
This book is classified as a children’s books by many. However this is still a very enjoyable read for many adults and is considered a literary classic. The fact that this book is still read today, after nearly 80 years after being first published, is a testimony to its brilliant plot. The book is in fact based on Tolkien’s experiences in the First and Second World Wars. For those who enjoy fantasy novels filled with mystery, elves, dwarves and other mythical events, this book is a must-read. Filled with light and witty humour, this book will leave you in awe at the turn of events in Bilbo’s journey.
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