The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien has got to be one of the greatest books I have ever read. While the Lord of the Rings was targeted at a much older audience, I think that The Hobbit appeals more to younger people because it is less complicated and a whole lot shorter. The Hobbit is based on events that took place before the Lord of the Rings trilogy begins – before the ring was discovered essentially – but it has no less adventure. J.R.R. Tolkein delivers yet again!
In The Hobbit, young Bilbo Baggins casually living in his comfortable little hobbit hole is whisked away by the legendary wizard Gandalf and a group of fearless dwarves to reclaim their stolen treasure. Long ago, back in the day when dwarves inhabited the lonely mountain, they were renowned for their mining skills. They put these to good use in digging out gold from beneath their feet.
But as their gold treasure pile grew and grew, it caught the attention of the evil dragon Smaug. Dragons of course are known for their love of gold and must have more of it at any cost. Smaug, an especially large and selfish dragon attacked the lonely mountain and drove the dwarves away (unable to get any help from the elves).
This situation persisted until, one day, thirteen dwarves and Gandalf descended unannounced at Bilbo Baggin’s little hobbit hole. There they appealed to Bilbo’s innate sense of adventure and managed to convince him to accompany them on their epic journey to reclaim their long lost gold. And hence commenced a journey that promised to change Bilbo’s life and reputation forever (only if he returns from it alive of course).
The adventure begins as soon as the trolls arrive on the scene, intent on kidnapping dwarves and putting them into their stew. If they can get past these evil creatures, they would still need to cross the enchanted Mirkwood forest with its elephant sized spiders, wicked trees that are really traps, and a myriad of illusions. Only if they can manage to get out alive, they still have to defeat the goblin king and fend off the Wargs (think mutated wolves ridden by Orcs).
This is an adventure of a lifetime. You will not be disappointed. I would give this book a solid 9/10 because it was just a great read overall. Being at the same level as the Lord of the Rings is no mean feat, but this book manages it with ease!