The Hobbit, or there and back again by J.R.R. Tolkien

There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.

the hobbit, or there and back again by j.R.R. Tolkien

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. 

4/5 stars

Here is a truth: I had been putting off reading this book for way too long. I had been putting off watching the movies for too long too! The thing is, when it comes down to reading a book as renowned as The Hobbit there is always a mix of extreme excitement and paralysing fear 😂 Personally that happens because I really want to like the book and so the nerves are ever present. But I finally did it and I am so happy that I didn’t push it for longer.

I actually watched the movies before reading the book. Last year I watched The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies with my dad and to be completely honest, I really loved them! There is the common knowledge that books are usually better than the movies and even though I haven’t read The Lord of the Rings trilogy yet I can say that I fell in love with the movies and that only made me that much more excited to read the books.

I read this one with the one and only @ahobbitsbooks and loved every second of it. She is a Tolkien encyclopedia and that only added to my experience (love ya girl).

I think that this book doesn’t really need an introduction. In fact, reviewing this feels kinda weird but I had to share my thoughts regarding this story. In The Hobbit, Or There and Back Again we follow Bilbo Baggins as he goes on an adventure with Thorin and Company. I’m not going into much detail here other than tell you guys about my experience reading this.

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.

I was really surprised with this little book to say the least. For some reason I have always been intimidated by it for thinking it would be hard to understand but it is so nice and simple! The descriptions are beautiful but modest and it is truly humorous. I can see how easy it is for children to read this, because to a certain extent this is for them. You can read this nice adventure and just have a good old time but the true beauty for me is the fact that this story carries so much meaning and so many subtle lessons that are just laying around for us readers to seek and learn from.

Like I said, I watched the movies and truly enjoyed them but the book feels warmer in a certain way. I can’t really say I prefer on over the other because there are aspects from the movies that I truly love! Like the fact that in the movies we get a better look at Rivendell and that magnificent place deserves quite a lot of attention. Or details of certain scenes and the exchanges between the company are also amazing.

This is a story of how a Baggins had an adventure, and found himself doing and saying things altogether unexpected.

There are of course some aspects of the book that I enjoyed way more. The book is written in some ways like a diary. Bilbo’s diary. We aren’t following along in the moment that things happen, instead we are reading Bilbo’s recalling after he has lived through all the events. And I loved that so so much. The book could have been just about battles and heavy action scenes all the time but instead it is so much better and sweeter because it shows the human side of this group and what an adventure can do to a person and how much it changes Bilbo. It’s a much more humane take on things and I love that! Bilbo is never going to be the same when he returns but that’s the beauty of it all. It teaches us that magic is out there for the taking and all we have to do is step out the door and let it guide us and be open to changes. 

As for the characters: I love them. First of all Bilbo is an absolute sweetheart and I’ll protect him at all costs (even though he doesn’t need protection because he pretty much gets everything done. Period.) The dwarves…they are funny but my goodness are they lazy 😂 they pretty much just sit around and complain while Bilbo saves their asses. Gandalf, ah Gandalf…this is my love letter to you because you are the best. That’s all I have for him, and that’s all that is needed. I really loved the elves in the book! They are so much more mischievous and also a lot funnier while in the movies they are all serious and mysterious all the time.

I really want this review to be as simple as possible. I can’t believe it took me so long to read this beauty but at the same time I’m glad I read it right now because the experience was so unique and exactly when I was ready for it. I really recommend this book and I cannot wait to read the rest of Tolkien’s work.

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