The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien book review

Posted on Apr 6, 2015


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Picture courtesy of

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
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‘Oh no, not another review of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien,’ I hear you say. Yes, there are thousands out there and I am sure I shan’t be the last either but each book I read I will write a review of and this happens to be the one I have just finished recently a few weeks ago after many years and many lent out and lost/stolen copies, I finally got around to reading it.

It was one of those books I had heard about as a kid but do not seem to remember reading. I went through a stage as a kid from the age of about twelve where I stopped reading; probably something to do with school and how it got me bored instead of interested in books. Before I started secondary school I was an avid reader and would devour almost any book I could get my hands on. The ones that stick out in my mind at the time were Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who and anything by Stephen King, the latter of which I have long since stopped reading. It wasn’t until I left school and met a soon to be very good friend (who coincidently went to the same school as me and was above me in the next year) that I got back into reading again. It was he who suggested that I read the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit putting me off thinking it was just a kids book and being a sixteen year old kid, I thought I was above reading kids stories. How wrong I was…

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien Picture courtesy of

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
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I remember devouring the Lord of the Rings and loving every morsel of it. My friend reads it every year, inspired by the ever great Christopher Lee who does likewise. I think I shall do so as well although I have hundreds of books to read and more stacking my shelves by the week in an ever-growing personal library. This I blame my mate for but it is not a bad addiction to have is it? I know I will have to stop buying books one day or at the very least limit to the amount that I buy. Still, there is plenty of time for that as I have plans on immortality!

So, most know the story of the Hobbit, especially since the films have been released (I have only seen the first one) around the world. But just for those that haven’t seen either it is about a quiet unassuming Hobbit who never leaves his Shire and is content with all he has on his doorstep until Gandalf the Wizard comes visiting and later twelve dwarfs who seem up to no good and so an adventure begins involving Elves, Goblins, giant spiders and of course a Dragon who guards a vast fortune in a fallen kingdom…

I simply loved this book and I felt it could have gone on a lot longer if it wanted to as I believe Tolkien had wanted to do later on but then came his epic Lord of the Rings as well as others and he never did go back to it or complete other works. I also felt it a tough read for kids of a certain age unless they had an understanding of certain words and descriptions being quite heavy in parts but then again you should never underestimate the power of a child’s imagination.

It had everything for me but again left me with questions and I am led to believe that is why the film adaptation is so long because gaps were filled in where Tolkien did not get time to do what he wanted with the book. I firmly believe that it should be taught in schools because it touches on so much from writing skills and language to an interest in the Saxons and Vikings from which Tolkien drew his source material from.

To me, this book deserves its long-standing title as one of the all-time greats ever written along with the seminal Lord of the Rings and it is one that I shall be reading again.

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