The Hobbit Book Review

The Hobbit
Published: 2012-02-15
A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent,…

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
George Allen & Unwin
255 pages

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.