The Hobbit Download ePub Edition by J.R.R. Tolkien Click Here to Download the Book In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort. Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.
Reviews Ah! The adventures of Bilbo Baggins. Short. Much too short...! It took me about a year to read The Lord of the Rings - all books and about 2-3 weeks to devour The Hobbit. I like to say that Tolkien wrote the former for someone of similar education as him, a professor of English or some such at Oxford, an expert of the English language and history, whereas The Hobbit was written for children - for well-educated smart and savvy children but still for children and who knows? Maybe I am a kid at heart. I Loved The Hobbit! The story is beyond engaging. The descriptions are brilliant. The humor is well-placed and just delicious. The dialogues that Bilbo Baggins carries on in his head and the conclusive remarks that Tolkien makes here and there, makes you think he is just sitting in a park, surrounded with kids, doing a reading... and making observations. Oh I just loved it. I do wish there was more of Smaug, and I had hoped that he would be the ultimate climax to the end. I felt a similar way in The Lord of the Rings. The ending happened and then Tolkien was going on and on in an anticlimactic sorta way. The story really should've ended but who am I to complain? There was more of Bilbo to read and love. Fantastic read even if you are not a fantasy fiction junkie. Tolkien paints a world that all would enjoy entering so enter.
In the book “The Hobbit” by J.R Tolkien, the main protagonist, Bilbo Baggins is an average hobbit; he despises and won’t partake in anything adventurous or dangerous, until the great wizard Gandalf enters his life. Gandalf, unknown to Bilbo has already selected him as a member of his exhibition. Along with thirteen dwarves, Gandalf eventually persuades Bilbo to join their group, and their journey begins. Through vast mountains, and forests, across great rivers, and plains, Gandalf and his companions manage to fight for their live, kill the great Goblin king, evade dark beings, and destroy a town. The theme portrayed in “The Hobbit”, is no matter whom you start off as, you can still become someone new, and make yourself into something more adventurous. But in order to become something new, you need to experience life, make mistakes and learn from those mistakes, take a step in a new direction. Bilbo starts off as a typical hobbit, timid, shy, and complacent living in his hole at the end of a quiet little road. All of this changes when Gandalf talks him into the adventure of his life. Bilbo begins the journey as scared as he could ever be, but as he takes steps in new directions, he learns to overcome his fears. But as Bilbo prevails in the face of danger, and conquers the forces of evil, he soon becomes aware of his potential, and uses his inner reserve of hidden strength. The Hobbit is a very fast paced book, although it may be a little slow the first few pages, it becomes fast paced after the initial few. The variety of characters is vast, with a wise and powerful, yet humble wizard, a shy and timid hobbit, and thirteen greedy dwarves. Each of these characters is built with qualities that both distinguish them, yet unite them through a common trait. There are many literary devices used in this book to both portray the theme, and expose the characters, some of which are irony, mood, theme, figurative language, and imagery. This book is a must read, for all ages, and all levels. This book includes such a variety of adventure, danger, suspense, and other things that make this a must read.
I wanted to reread the Hobbit in time for the movie last Christmas–didn’t quite get it finished in time, and I’m still catching up on my backlog of reviews (I read a lot faster than I review). As for the movie, it was excellent, though I really don’t think they needed to stretch it into nine hours. However, Martin Freeman was so well cast as Bilbo that I *almost* forgive him for making me wait so long for more Sherlock (I fully expect that I’ll end up forgiving Benedict Cumberbatch for making me wait once I see the next Star Trek movie). As for The Hobbit, I know it’s supposed to be a children’s book, at least compared to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I’ve never really seen it as such. The language is beautiful and lyrical, with vivid imagery, in a way that is quite rare nowadays. It’s a very old-fashioned story, in the best possible way. I would give it to a strong reader, with a great deal of patience, who wants to explore the world of Middle-Earth and not rush straight through to the end of the book.
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