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16 November 2012 / getrus

The Hobbit — JRR Tolkein

As mentioned in my previous post, I finished The Hobbit during a weekend when I was sick and must say it does take your mind off of how bad you feel. (Of course most books would do that, especially fantasy.) Having the LOTR movie trilogy, I was vaguely aware what the story would be like.

Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit who unbeknownst to him is about to have an amazing adventure all because his friend Gandalf, a wizard, manages to find some dwarves in need of a burglar.  The dwarves descend upon his home and then move on their way with Bilbo in tow all to avenge their forefathers who had their mountain home taken over by a dragon.  The dragon who now guards the dwarves’ gold, which had to be left, and terrorizes the nearby town of men, once every hundred years or so.

Bilbo and company find their way through many dangerous situations (as well as some amusing) during their trek from the Shire to where the mountain stood.  Bilbo was sent into the mountain to do reconnaissance (because of his burglarizing skills and the fact that on their when they were trapped/kidnapped by goblins he found a magic ring which turned him invisible.)  He and the dragon have a nice chat (more like a battle of wits) and after a couple of days the dragon decides to go terrorize the town of men leaving his hoard of gold and jewels alone.

Bilbo and Co. find their way back in and wait for the dragon to return, but the dragon is killed by one of the men in the town who then decide it is their right to have some of the treasure as recompense for so many years under the dragon’s rule.  They, however, find their way blocked by the dwarves who have taken over the mountain while the dragon was gone.

It turns into a war, which ends up ending peaceably (as most wars are wont to do) and Bilbo is escorted back to the shire by Gandalf where he finds his home and furnishings being auctioned off.  He pays off everyone in order to get his items back speedily (with the money he earned from helping the dwarves) and goes back to having a normal hobbit life.

This story fascinated me, it was a little slow at the beginning but the rest of the book made up for that with the adventure Bilbo went through with the dwarves and Gandalf.  It was very descriptive (which is what I distinctly remember why I had stopped reading LOTR after only 20 pages.)  But it the descriptions made it all the better to visualize what was actually going on.

**** (Four Stars)

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