The Hobbit

 The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a quiet and contented hobbit whose life is turned upside down when he joins the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves on their quest to reclaim stolen treasure. It is a journey fraught with danger and in the end it is Bilbo Baggins alone who must face the guardian of this treasure, the most dreaded dragon in all Middle-earth.

Bilbo Baggins is a respectable hobbit who enjoys his quite life. However the more adventurous nature of his mothers side is about to be forced out of him when wizard Gandalf visits. Just a day later he finds himself hosting 13 dwarves and being part of their party as they set off to reclaim the treasure and home that was once theirs.

Once the set off however they have many more battles to face. With the help of Gandalf, they struggle through the start of their journey, loosing their supplies and coming into contact with goblins. It is here Bilbo meets Gollum, a meeting that soon proves to be his saving. The dwarves don’t think very much of Bilbo and he continually wishes to be back in his home. When Gandalf leave them however Bilbo finally comes into his own and after being attacked by spiders and elves they realise he really is a hero.

Thankfully though they are able to rest with welcoming people along the way and finally make it to the mountain where their treasure is guarded by the dragon. Little do they know however there are about to be bigger battles ahead.

My overall review of this book is that it is interesting but I don’t find it great. As I was reading it I kept thinking it would be better read allowed. There are a couple of things that really bothered me about it. Once I can’t say without giving away the plot but the other was that I found Bilbo to be a difficult character to like. He more likable as the story went on but I struggle to enjoy books that have a main character you don’t like.

This wasn’t a bad book but I have to admit I am looking forward to seeing the film more, it’s not often, or possible ever, that I will say that.


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