I read The Hobbit annually, sometimes more than once a year, especially when I need respite from reading the heavy, serious stuff that is not my favorite genre 😛 It’s a firm favorite along with the LOTR series. Sometimes I read it to restore my sanity after particularly depressing or difficult novels as I did this time, but mostly just coz it brings me joy and immense pleasure every single time – now that’s what I call a classic! I have two editions, as with my Lord of the Rings Trilogy – a paperback (dog-eared) for actual reading and leather bound editions for adorning the bookshelf 🙂
Tolkien is a master story-teller and The Hobbit is so well known, I won’t go into the story here. If you’re someone who hasn’t read the book (what rock were you under?!), do so NOW! It’s fantasy yes, but his exquisite attention to detail, his creation of a whole new world and its people, the different races – hobbits, elves, dwarves, orcs, wizards and all manner of other beasts & monsters, with languages, customs, back-story, history, geography – makes it a one of kind, magical, unforgettable reading experience and a lasting testament to his genius imagination. Even if you’re not into that sort of thing (my commiserations!), read it for the adventure & the well etched characters. This book is above all, about friendship and sacrifice, love and compassion, courage and valor; a story of good versus evil that underlines the author’s belief, that in Life we must always fight for what we believe in with courage & conviction – no matter what the odds, or our stature, for in the words of Gandalf the wise, “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” & “Even the very wise cannot see all ends.” Tolkien manages to accomplish this with fairly straightforward prose and writing style. No convoluted sentences and obscure philosophies that leave your guts in a twist here! This is story telling at its direct best!
I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I will eventually. I’m looking forward to Peter Jackson’s interpretation of the book coz I’m a huge fan of his LOTR 🙂 Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin and his gang of dwarves, Elrond, Beorn, Rivendell, The Shire, The Lonely Mountain, Bard the dragon-slayer and Smaug – are all burnt into my memory forever after.
There are many quotes from this book to be found on all the majore quote sites online, but this one is my particular favorite 🙂
“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”
Every time I read The Hobbit, I find something new that surprises me in pleasant ways 🙂
- Review: The Hobbit, Part 1. Directed by Peter Jackson. (lanternhollowpress.com)
- Review: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (thevictorianvanity.wordpress.com)
- The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien (latymerboss.wordpress.com)
- The Hobbit or There and Back Again (libraryfrenzy.wordpress.com)
- that’s what i’m Tolkien about: 3 lessons from Lord of the Rings (beth2285.wordpress.com)