Thursday, April 1, 2010

Amaranthine Review: The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit who wanted to be left alone in quiet comfort. But the wizard Gandalf came along with a band of homeless dwarves. Soon Bilbo was drawn into their quest, facing evil orcs, savage wolves, giant spiders, and worse unknown dangers. Finally, it was Bilbo-alone and unaided-who had to confront the great dragon Smaug, the terror of an entire countryside . . .

This stirring adventure fantasy begins the tale of the hobbits that was continued by J.R.R. Tolkien in his bestselling epic
The Lord of the Rings.
[from Goodreads]
Rating:  4 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: Everyone, even those who don't generally like fantasy
High point:  Middle Earth
Low point: The mythology can be confusing at times
Reader maturity:  10+
Favorite quotes:  "It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him."
"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit."

The Hobbit starts The Lord of the Rings series, explaining how the ring was obtained and chronicling the reluctant and stodgy Bilbo Baggins in his journeys.

The novel is exciting and amusing, throwing the quirky hobbit Bilbo alongside all manner of other creatures with very different customs from his own. Bilbo does more in this one adventure than most other hobbits do their entire lives.

The praise for The Hobbit that prompted the successive trilogy is well-deserved. Tolkien created an entire fantasy world, complete with new languages and a new mythology for the creatures that inhabit Middle Earth. Every Middle Earth reference is thoroughly described and explained, drawing the reader completely out of his or her world and into the land of hobbits and elves.

Although The Hobbit is a stand-alone novel and can be enjoyed solo, it provides a sound foundation for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, should you choose to read them. And if you have read The Lord of the Rings but haven't picked up The Hobbit, you really should.

Title:  The Hobbit
Author:  J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre:  Adventure, Fantasy Fiction
Year:  1937
Book Source:  Purchased


  1. Wow, you post reviews in such a pace! I loved the Hobbit and of course the LOTR trilogy. I haven't read The Hobbit in the longest time, you review has made me want to read it again. But I loved Sam much more than I loved Frodo or Bilbo

  2. Poor lil Bilbo. He just wanted to live in peace.

  3. It's amazing the world an author can create! I'm just afraid that I won't understand some parts of the language (as I had a problem getting through Fellowship of the Ring) but I'm willing to give it another go!

    You have an award @ :)