Saturday, January 12, 2013

Teen Review: The Hobbit

The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
305 pages
Fantasy Fiction
Prequel to the
Lord of the Rings trilogy
6th grade and up
Reviewed by
Oleg Alexandrovich Tretiak,
7th grade

S Y N O P S I S

Thorin Oakenshield, the prince of the dwarves, and his band of twelve are hoping to take back their lost kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug and help Thorin retrieve his throne as King under the Mountain. With the help of Gandalf the Grey, they search for a burglar to help them on their quest. Bilbo Baggins is the unlikely one chosen for the job, and is pulled from his comfortable Hobbit hole into a world of dangers. During their adventures, the company sees the wonders of Rivendell (where elves live), the lodgings of Beorn, and the terrors of Mirkwood. They also face many creatures, including trolls, armies of goblins, giant wolves, giant spiders (things keep getting bigger and bigger!) and the mythical dragon Smaug. Along the way, though, Bilbo finds the wicked, twisted creature named Gollum, who guards a magic golden ring that will decide the fate of Hobbiton, Erebor, Rivendell, and all of Middle Earth.

R E V I E W

This book was amazing. The description of scenery is very lifelike and drags you into the book. The characters are well described--both their physical descriptions and the characters' personalities and emotions. Major scenes like the encounter with trolls and in the goblin mines make the story flow in an interesting way. The writing makes you feel as if you were in the shoes of the dwarves travelling across the misty mountains. One issue that I had with the book was that some scenes went by too quickly and decisions were too hastily made by the dwarves, and also some scenes went by dreadfully slowly, even though you still enjoy it because of the way Tolkien lays them out. In conclusion, if you like fantasy fiction, are a new member of the Lord of the Rings fan base, or you are just bored with bad books, I would definitely suggest this book to you!

My rating: 5 / 5

Editor's note: We already had one review of The Hobbit on this blog, but it's always interesting to see what different people think of the same book, so here's another! The cover at the top is, of course, the movie tie-in image; but it's hard to beat the original (first edition) dust jacket cover, which was actually drawn by J. R. R. Tolkien (below)! Do you see the dragon? and the lettering around the edges?


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