In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
Featuring Dwarves, Wizards, Elves, dragons, gold, and little people called Hobbits that live in holes, J.R.R Tolkien’s classic work The Hobbit has stood the test of time and continues to be widely read today. It was first published in 1937 by George Allen and Unwin Ltd., and would fall under the fantasy genre.
Bilbo Baggins is a very well-to-do, respectable Hobbit. He never does anything unexpected or goes on any adventures. All that will change when a wandering Wizard, Gandalf the Grey by name, shows up for tea, bringing with him thirteen rowdy Dwarves. These Dwarves are the Company of Thorin Oakenshield, and they are determined to reclaim their homeland from the evil dragon Smaug, “Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities”. Gandalf recruited the unwilling Bilbo to be a professional Burglar, and he will-albeit reluctantly-accompany Thorin and his Dwarves on their dangerous quest through Wilderland. Will the Company of Thorin Oakenshield be able to defeat Smaug to reclaim their homeland and gold from the greedy dragon? Will Bilbo ever see his beloved hole again?
Tolkien writes with amazing imagery and excellent dialogue, and his use of detail is immense. The Hobbit flowed very well and will captivate you whether it is your first read or your tenth. This book is an easy to medium read. I would highly recommend it for ages 8+; it was originally written for children, but people of all ages have enjoyed read this prequel to his other great work, Lord of the Rings. A charming story, wonderful characters, and admirable morals. 5 out of 5 stars.
Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.