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“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.”

The hobbit-hole in question belongs to one Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of a “little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves.” He is, like most of his kind, well off, well fed, and best pleased when sitting by his own fire with a pipe, a glass of good beer, and a meal to look forward to. Certainly this particular hobbit is the last person one would expect to see set off on a hazardous journey; indeed, when Gandalf the Grey stops by one morning, “looking for someone to share in an adventure,” Baggins fervently wishes the wizard elsewhere. No such luck, however; soon 13 fortune-seeking dwarves have arrived on the hobbit’s doorstep in search of a burglar, and before he can even grab his hat or an umbrella, Bilbo Baggins is swept out his door and into a dangerous adventure.
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Comments on: "The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien" (9)

  1. Alexandra said:

    The Hobbit is a famous book about the adventures of a small creature with hairy feet and no initial desire to leave his hobbit hole. Bilbo Baggins was the leading character in a story that I thought was clever and unique because it’s not everyday that we see the physically weakest and most afraid character of the group take the glory. Tolkien’s writing style makes the story both fun to read, and easy to envision. The only flaw I believe The Hobbit entails is that it was incredibly repetitive – it was the gang getting stuck and Bilbo saving them over, and over again. This made the story feel slow and like the plot was dragging on. Overall however, I enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone who likes in-depth concepts and fantasy adventures 🙂

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  2. Morrissey said:

    I have always been really into fantasy books but I must admit the hobbit wasn’t one of my favorites. It may partially be that I was forced to read the book but otherwise I didn’t find it too enjoyable. If I were to say a favorite character however it would be Bilbo just by seeing how weak and fragile he was amongst these brave strong dwarves made me laugh a bit. I really liked all the characters it was the storyline that I didn’t enjoy all too much. I found that it was quite repetitive throughout the whole book for instance they would get captured then escape then get captured and escape about 4 more times by different creatures and that made up 3/4 of the story. Also, some of the pages were full of songs which I found just dragged on a really long time. I did however enjoy the part with Gollum, I found it funny how frustrated he was getting each time he couldn’t guess a riddle. The most disappointing part for me was probably the end. It is this massive build-up throughout the book to this amazing moment and it is over in a flash and then it just finishes with Bilbo in his Hobbit hole! I was expecting a better ending but I understand Tolkien’s writing style. Although in my opinion, I wasn’t a massive fan of the book I would perhaps recommend to older ages or even little kids who really love magic and fairies. It was an enjoyable read just not the most interesting book I have read.

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  3. i really enjoyed reading the hobbit because it is so unique. the book follows the main character Bilbo Baggins and his journey to discovery, along with the dwarves and many obstacles the encounter along the way. my favourite part is the spider attack because i believe thats when Bilbo really comes out of his sacred side and becomes the hero he really is. My favourite character is of-course Bilbo because there is so much to him and you’re always finding more. this book is rather detailed and has a lot of complex parts to it so i would recommend this for more experienced readers or anyone who wants a challenge. overall i would give this exciting book a 8/10.

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  4. Abbey said:

    I could not recommend ‘The Hobbit’ more. This book was magical, action-packed and thrilling to read. The storyline follows a young hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who decides to take a risk and join a journey across Middle-Earth. Bilbo and his dwarf friends must face goblins, trolls, elves and even a dragon to retrieve their long-lost treasure. I would recommend this book for ages 13+, and those that enjoy fantasy and adventure. J.R.R. Tolkein tells an enchanting story with humour and skill, and there are many lessons to be learned along the way. I would 10/10 suggest that you give this book a read!

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  5. I would like to recommend ‘The Hobbit’ (book). Ever since I was 8 years old, I have been obsessed with the Lord of the Rings books, so when I first started reading The Hobbit, I knew that I was going to love it from the moment I read the first paragraph. While the LOTR books focus on Frodo Baggins, the Hobbit is actually a prequel to the lord of the rings series and features Frodo’s uncle, Bilbo, as the protagonist. I have always loved the story and the plot of the Lord of the Rings, but the hobbit was just as good, if not better in that department. I also absolutely love the writing style in this book, and it feels as though J.R.R Tolkien has created an actual living universe just by the way he writes. I felt so immersed in the setting and just the world itself that as soon as I picked up the book and started reading I did not want to put it down. I also really loved all of the characters in this book, as they were all so well thought out and so well written that it was impossible to dislike any of them, even the antagonistic characters. Overall, I absolutely LOVED reading this book and just being back into the world of the Lord of the Rings. As soon as I picked it up I did not want to put it down, as it intrigued and captivated me from the very start until the very end. If you are into fantasy and adventure, then give this one a go. I promise that you will not be disappointed. Easily a 10/10.

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  6. I loved this book…it is such an amazing classic. It is full of adventure and wonderful fantasy. It is not for people who like an easy read, though, but for people looking for a challenge it is perfect. This book is, of course, better than the movie (as they always are) and will be read by people so many years on from now.
    I rate it a 9.5/10 and recommend it for the more advanced readers who enjoy adventure and fantasy.

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  7. Isabelle said:

    Wow what do I say!
    This is a brilliant heart stopping book for anyone who is interested in fantasy and who loves a thrill. This book is mostly for those a bit more advanced readers that can cope with going back and forth to different times. If you love reading and you love books that go on forever this is for you. It is a very thrilling book that will give you all mixed emotions all at the same time! The author makes it really detailed so you can imagine yourself inside the story. All the characters have such great personalities and that is what makes this book amazing! Hope you love the book!

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  8. I recommend the book The Hobbit to any fantasy reader that needs a challenge. This book is probably not for people who give up on books that are complicated, fairly complex and difficult. If you are a keen reader and haven’t even attempted to read this or Lord of the rings, then DO IT! The plot is very interesting and complex but this is what makes it so exciting More than a few times I just wanted to put it down but I had too many questions that I wanted answers for, so I kept reading. Last I read it I was probably in year six or seven. Every time you read it you find out a new detail or twist in it. I you read Harry potter and found that easy enough, challenge yourself and give The Hobbit a go. If you enjoy the book you will be glad you read this review. The characters have so much to their personality it is impossible to get a sense of everything the first time round.

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  9. the hobbit was a brilliant book and i hope it will be a brilliant movie it is a fantastic story about a small person who must travel far away to see a great dragon and defeat it before the end of time or something like that. i would recommend this book to anybody who liked harry potter or twilight it is just soooo similar and such a good read i mean i would put the book down and then have to pick it up again because it would leave me hooked. this book includes giant spiders, trolls, dragons, elves and dwarves with soo much more!!! my favourite part was the end because it took soo long and it was sooo well written! this book is by j.r.r. tolkein who also wrote the lord of the rings. hope you enjoy!

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