“There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
— Thorin Oakenshield, The Hobbit
I have always loved fantasy books. They are my escape from the stressful reality. I am so happy to share to you my opinion, for the very first time, on a fantasy book that is close to my heart.
I became a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works when I first watched The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Like most women, I of course fell in love with Legolas Greenleaf, but I will not talk about my unrequited love for him in this post. I will focus on how mesmerized I was to be dragged in the world of the entirely respectable Mr. Bilbo Baggins of the Shire.
It is one of those stories that I feel like I am dragged inside a world doing the adventure together with the characters. For that, I will forever be grateful to J.R.R. Tolkien for giving us Middle Earth. ❤
An entirely respectable hobbit, Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag-End, Under the Hill of the peaceful Shire, has been unwillingly dragged to a memorable adventure by Gandalf the Grey. The two of them went on an quest of reclaiming a homeland with the dwarf prince Thorin Oakenshield and his company of 12 other dwarves (Dwalin, Balin, Gloin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Óin, Bifur, Bombur, and Bofur). Their quest included surviving the wild, stealing of treasures, killing a dragon, and rebuilding a lost dwarven kingdom.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s Story for Children
When I read the book, I have to be honest, I didn’t like how it is written. Its writing style is really not for adults. I really got bored with it. laughs I searched the internet of why it is written that way since I respect Tolkien and he is my hero and he can’t do this to me. laughs Then I found out that The Hobbit is really intended for young people, like children or teens. So I forgave Tolkien about his writing style of the Hobbit.
Apart from the writing style, the story line is also appropriate for children. The story line is a little illogical and lacks details. For example, Thorin was planning to steal the whole horde of the treasures from the dragon. Like run away with the treasures by not waking up the dragon. He is planning to do it with only Bilbo stealing the whole thing. Like, seriously? I think that is why, in the movie, the stealing act was changed to Bilbo stealing the Arkenstone only and not all the treasures inside the mountain.
A Halfling for a Hero
This is what I really love about Tolkien. He has faith in small things. In the few. In things that society counts as things that do not matter. I love how the story tells about a hobbit who do not know how to fight and who only lived in a perfect house with his doilies but has shown such bravery and cleverness during the whole journey. To think this story happened in a dangerous world of men, elves, and other things imaginable. This story is very humble and full emotions. I am just so proud of Bilbo.
Brotherhood and Loyalty
It has been observed that Tolkien’s books are more about friendship, brotherhood, and family. Well, yes, this book really makes readers feel the brotherhood of the dwarves and their acceptance of Bilbo as one of their brothers.
The Book against the Movie
There has been a constant debate regarding on which version is better. As for me, I am voting for the movie. The movie is so well-thought-of and many answers were given in the movie. Whereas the book leaves people hanging about some topics mentioned. It gives a lot of puzzles that the author did not plan to answer.
Overall . . .
The Hobbit is a precious book that I would love to read over and over again. I would let it take me back over and over again to Middle Earth. ❤
It’s not so much of a good read. Because a good read would mean that the book is very good in terms of plot and flow. This book on the other hand makes you attached to the characters just like what Tolkien always does to his readers. The book’s effect extends emotionally to the readers making the book a part of the reader’s heart. ❤