“The Hobbit” Book Report
“The Hobbit” was written by J. R. R. Tolkien and secured as a copyright in 1937. The story is about a short, peaceful creature named Bilbo Baggins who, like most hobbits, is about half as tall as a human, but not nearly as loud. Bilbo resides in his comfortable hole where he leads a very easy-going life. He does, however have a side to himself that wants to go out and explore the world and be adventurous. One day a wizard, named Gandalf, comes to Bilbo’s house and discovers that he could use an adventure to make a difference in his life. Bilbo declines Gandalf’s invitation, but gets dragged into an expedition when Gandalf hires Bilbo as a “Burglar” to join a group of dwarves. These dwarves, led by Thorin, are going to head to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim treasure stolen from their family by a fierce dragon, named Smaug. Throughout the quest, the party is faced with trouble from trolls, goblins, spiders, and many “evil” creatures. Bilbo is useful to the group because he can sneak around very quietly, and explore things without getting caught. This ability to sneak around is ever increased when he stumbles across a magic ring that makes him invisible. Using the ring, Bilbo comes across a way to kill the dragon and reclaim the treasure. He spreads word of Smaug’s weak spot and the dragon is killed, but not before an entire town is destroyed. When the treasure is reclaimed, there is much controversy over who gets to claim it. Thorin is, however, unwilling to share the treasure with anyone but the dwarves, and a war brews over it. The “good” creatures unite and defeat the “evil” creatures, but as a consequence Thorin is killed in battle. The treasure is then spread peacefully among the “good” creatures, including Bilbo, and he heads home. When he returns he finds that the other hobbits do no longer wish to interact with Bilbo because of his newfound adventurous ways. He doesn’t mind though, because he has gained many friends out of his expedition, who stop by frequently. The Hobbit is a great story for people who like to leave their present reality, and simply enter a world of fantasy.
This novel’s most important element was the main character, Bilbo Baggins. The entire story revolves around Bilbo’s actions, and follows him wherever he goes. “This hobbit was a very well-to-do hobbit, and his name was Baggins. The Bagginses had lived in the neighborhood of the hill for time out of mind, and people considered them very respectable, not only because most of them were rich, but also because they never had any adventures or did anything unexpected:” This passage describes many aspects of Bilbo’s life in the beginning of the novel by describing his family and how he lives.
One of my personal favorite passages in the novel would be when Bilbo and an evil creature named Gollum are playing a riddle game. The agreement was that if Bilbo wins, he gets to be shown the way out of the cave he is currently lost in, but if Gollum wins he gets to eat Bilbo. Bilbo, fearing for his life, is having trouble coming up with a riddle, but he accidentally says something that is misinterpreted by Gollum as a riddle. “What have I got in my pocket? He said aloud. He was talking to himself, but Gollum thought it was a riddle, and he was frightfully upset. “Not fair! Not fair!” he hissed. “It isn’t fair, my precious, is it, to ask us what it’s got in its nassty little pocketses?” Bilbo seeing what had happened and having nothing better to ask stuck to his question, “What have I got in my pocket?” he said louder.” I thought the passage was a good example of how Bilbo used sheer luck to get out of his strange predicaments.
The author (Tolkien) of this novel used third person perspective, and generally long sentences in his nineteen chapters. Dialogue is used often in order to convey what the character’s thoughts were at the moment. Tolkien generally wrote in a neutral mood, because he never displayed happiness or sadness. He simply wrote in an informative way so that the reader may gain a perspective of the setting at the time. The first line on page 196 reads, “They did not dare to follow the river much further towards the Gate; but they went on beyond the end of the southern spur, until lying behind a hidden rock they could look out and see the dark cavernous opening in a great cliff-wall between the arms of the mountain.” This line demonstrates Tolkien’s long use of sentences and the fact that he wrote to inform the reader of the surroundings.
This was a very easy book to read and was for the most part, exciting the whole way through. I would recommend this book to anyone who simply likes to read because this book tends to be adventurous and allows the reader to follow an incredible journey. This book somewhat reminds me of “The Neverending Story”, if one likes that movie, then this book would be great for them.