The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit…

Words fall short to describe this book. Some books are a joy to read any number of times and are made for all age groups. I can’t believe this book was actually written by the author for his kids.

The Map in the book (find one below) adds to the enthusiasm to read about Bilbo’s adventure, that starts from his hobbit hole and ends with his return back home.

For those who have not read the book or watched the movie, Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who lives in a cozy hobbit hole filled with lots (and lots!) of food. He is lured into going on an adventure by a wizard named Gandalf. He accompanies the 13 Dwarfs to capture the kingdom under the Lonely Mountain which once belonged to the dwarfs and is now a home to a dragon. And so the adventure begins…

As someone rightly said, it is not about the Destination but about the Journey. It is the same with this adventure. They pass through a lot of hurdles and on their way make many friends and foes. Finally, Bilbo enjoys his return to his cozy home much more than before he started the adventure.

The Movie is also pretty good. I watched the movie first before reading the book. The movie has brought in a lot of characters that do not exist in the book at all. That is the only way, I think, they could make three movies out of a 300 pages book. But, I personally like the book more that the movies. When you read, you actually image your own universe and characters unlike movies which forces someone else’s imagination on you.

The Hobbit is a Classic! I look forward to read The Lord of the Rings as well.


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