Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Written by J. R. R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit,” also fondly called “There and Back Again” is the fictional story of a hobbit by the name of Bilbo Baggins and his journey to help the dwarves of Erebor. Originally published in September of 1937, a second (revised) edition was published in 1952 to improve the flow of “The Hobbit” to the Lord of the Rings series. Overall, there are fifty different editions published in over sixty different languages.
The edition read for this review was the 2014 Del Rey mass market edition. To note: this edition came with two maps to help the reader comprehend the path within taken within the journey: one map of Wilderland and the other being King Thror’s map mentioned in the story.
In the beginning of the book, Bilbo Baggins is in for quite the surprise when thirteen dwarves and a wizard show up at his door talking about an adventure. The adventure referred to is the quest to take back Erebor from the dragon Smaug, and they must travel a great distance to do so. Along the way, they run into plenty of trouble, but escape each time to continue on their journey.
“The Hobbit” is written in a way that is easily understood by most people, a direct channel to the thoughts of Bilbo Baggins, who takes in scenery and allows the reader to picture the environment. When reading, it is easy to get lost in the world of Middle Earth as it is described by both the hobbit and the narrator, as the story is written in third person point-of-view.
At times the story can be a little difficult to understand, as the characters in the book have a different speech vocabulary, but with a little inferencing or a dictionary, it is easy to get right back on track!
Overall, this book was an enjoyable and easy read that did not take long to finish. As someone who does not have much free time to begin with, that was a definite up-side to reading this book. It was a great tale about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins and gave a bit of foreshadowing to lead the reader into “The Lord of the Rings,” and I would recommend this book to those who are looking for a short but good read.