Monday, 19 November 2012

The Hobbit - J R R Tolkien

I have been meaning to read the Hobbit for years as it is one of my Dad's favourite ever books. Due to the release of the upcoming film, I thought now was as good a time as any. I was not disappointed in the slightest- this book was well worth the wait. I love to escape into fantasy occasionally, and Tolkien's vivid descriptions, his use of language and his imagination really made this an enjoyable read. At times I was laughing out loud- Golum is by far my favourite literary character now! It's a testament to Tolkien's writing that I felt scared of Golum and his unpredictability in places, but at the same time found him hilarious! At other times I found myself exclaiming 'phew' at some narrow escapes, and cheering at the reappearance of Gandalf.

I love the maps that Tolkien has included in this book- they're so artistic and fun to look at, plus they really bring the book to life and allow the reader to feel as though they are part of this world. 
Another thing that I love about this book was that it was really easy to read. Some classics can be a bit of a struggle, but this one was absorbing and the language/ tone not hard to get into at all. It was lovely curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and my blanket and getting lost in the world of Bilbo and the Dwarves.

Full of action, adventure and a fantastic range of characters and creatures, I cannot wait for the film now!


  1. Have to completely agree with this review. I love this book and all of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I have to add that I love the contrast between the darkness of the LotR, necessary by the nature of its story line, and the lightness of the Hobbit. Tolkien creates two completely different tales despite them having the same world, and in some cases the same characters! I would say the Hobbit is a great adventure story, in some ways almost like a children's classic story, and the LotR is a lot more grown up and deep. Both stories have merit and I would definitely recommend both to anyone! x

  2. Thank you so much for your comment Caroline! That's so interesting, I haven't read the lord of the rings trilogy yet but I look forward to doing so now! Since I've finished the book I've found myself missing Bilbo and his adventure a lot- a true testament of it being a good book I think! x