The Hobbit Book Review

The Hobbit
Published: 2012-02-15
The prequel to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit follows the Bilbo Baggins, 13 dwarves, and a wizard as they seek to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the clutches of the evil dragon Smaug.
5.0Overall Score

The Hobbit

The prequel to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit follows the Bilbo Baggins, 13 dwarves, and a wizard as they seek to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the clutches of the evil dragon ...

  • Plot
    5.0
  • Characters
    5.0
  • Pacing
    5.0
  • Setting
    5.0
  • Themes
    5.0

Content Review: 

Language-

– minimal

-perhaps the occasional mild swear word but Tolkien’s insults are much more creative than that!

Violence-

– as much as could be expected for a fantasy book

-hand-to-hand combat but nothing overly gory

Romance-none

Spiritual-

– Gandalf is a wizard but the story does not rely heavily on magic

Personal Review: 
How do you review one of your favorite books?! This story is a gentler tale than many fantasy novels today. It doesn’t glorify violence and angst. Nonetheless, it is engaging and tells the story beautifully. Minor characters (such as Roac the raven and Bard the bowman) develop throughout the story. Bilbo’s growth is amazing, but the story is careful not to exaggerate his role in the story. Instead Tolkien shows the importance of seemingly insignificant decisions and people. While some may feel the story lingers unnecessarily, Tolkien’s writing is beautiful and is more worried about the journey than how quickly it reaches the destination. A children’s story that’s so much more, this story is intimate yet sweeping.

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