The Hobbit Book Review
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
George Allen & Unwin
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
Spiritual-Gandalf is a wizard but the story does not rely heavily on magic
Personal Review-5 stars
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.