Hey everybody! I hope you’re all doing well. (: I have a very fun post to share with you today! One of the books I was required to read for school a few years ago was The Hobbit, and I’m so happy that it was! It had its slow moments for me, but as a whole, it is an amazing adventure novel, masterfully-written, and has some of the most memorable characters of any book ever. If you’ve never read this book by J.R.R. Tolkien, I highly recommend that you do! Introduction aside, I am happy to share with you 10 reasons why I love The Hobbit.
1. The plot’s pace. I have noticed that adventure novels can be more drawn-out than they need to be at times, but The Hobbit had me hooked from the very beginning, all the way to the end! It has a strong, interesting plot, one that isn’t resolved until Bilbo returns home. (Hence the subtitle of the book, Or There And Back Again.)
2. The dwarves. If I’m remembering correctly, there are six sets of dwarf brothers, there’s one that isn’t related to any of them (or maybe there’s one set of three brothers?), and then there’s Thorin Oakenshield. Either way, haha, they are so much fun to read about, even when their similar names start blending together. (Except for Thorin, because he’s too cool to have a name like the rest of them.)
3. Hobbits. This especially refers to their eating habits and cozy little homes. I desperately want to visit The Shire, it’s unfortunate that it’s not a real place. Hobbits seem like the sweetest little people, and like I just mentioned, the fact that their favorite thing to do is eat and have tea time multiple times a day says to me I’d quite get along with Hobbits!
4. The descriptions. J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the best writers I’ve ever read, and I can understand why his literature is so deeply appreciated in the book community. The reader legitimately feels like they’re going on an adventure with Bilbo, too, and while I have yet to read any LOTR books, I’m sure they’re the same way. I love books that do a fantastic job of transporting the reader to right where the characters are, and Tolkien’s writing does that easily.
5. The focus. Some books will stray from the main point, whether because it was too weak to begin with, or they pick a sub-plot to cover even though it’s confusing to readers. In The Hobbit, however, you always know exactly where the characters are headed and what their mission is, even when encountered with trials and situations that at first seem unrelated. In the end, everything ties in together masterfully.
6. The various settings. As the traveling party of many dwarves, one Hobbit, and a wizard get closer to their goal, they visit, pass by, and see various mystical places. The way Tolkien describes each one is just amazing – you’d have to read it yourself to understand. He goes over the appearance and mood of every place, leaving the reader no space to wonder what something might have been like.
7. The sub-plots. They are relevant, intriguing, and I’d have to say that my favorite one is when Bilbo gets lost in a cave and meets Gollum. At first, the reader wonders if the poor Hobbit is going to be eaten by this strange creature, but that isn’t what happens at all, which is why I found that scene entertaining.
8. Gandalf. It took a good amount of will power to include this character near the bottom of my list. I didn’t want to come across as obsessed with this wizard, even though I totally am. haha I have a sketch I drew of him near the doorway in my room! Gandalf the Grey is one of my favorite literary characters of all time. I really can’t tell you why I love his personality and presence in The Hobbit so much, aside from the fact that I tend to appreciate magical characters, and he certainly is one.
9. The conclusion. Some stories struggle to have a good wrap-up scene and ending purpose, but this book definitely has one. As you can tell by the whole of this review-type post, I’m not wanting to give too much away for future readers, so I won’t go over exactly what the conclusion is; just know it’s a good one.
10. The included maps and illustrations. It depends on which copy and edition you pick up, but most have fantastic illustrations, and I think all of them have the literary maps, giving readers a great way to visualize where the travelling party is going. I appreciated having the ability to peruse them while reading because I was able to see where they’d just been, currently were, and were soon headed.
Thank you for reading! I love writing posts like this; it’s a fun, interactive way to talk about my favorite books (and hopefully movies sometime soon!). Have you read The Hobbit? It’s such a good book!
Let me know in the comments below:
Why do YOU love The Hobbit?
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