A quiet and cozy hole. In it, a peaceful hobbit who follows routines. A grey haired wizard who’s up to mischief. Accompanying him, a band of dwarves set on an adventure. What happens when these two completely different worlds collide? The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein, a highly esteemed author, explores forbidden lands and caves as Bilbo Baggins embarks on a mission he never even dreamt of doing. A hobbit in his 50’s, Bilbo Baggins’ life is shaken up when an unexpected visit from Gandalf, a great wizard, leads him to invite twelve dwarves over for tea the next day. The leader of the dwarves, Thorin Oakenshield, slowly ropes Bilbo into their plan for revenge. This is a tale of loss, of bravery, of truth, of revenge against the great dragon Smaug. Twelve dwarves, one hobbit, and a wizard versus a great and powerful dragon. A great battle fought bravely. And along the way, Bilbo finds himself and defies society’s norms.
This novel is hands down my favorite of all time. J.R.R. Tolkien’s use of literary devices and descriptive phrases such as metaphors and similes create vivid images inside one’s mind. Perhaps you can imagine what Thorin looks like, with short stubby legs and a long white beard, wearing a sky blue hood with a long silver tassel, a coat of gold-plated rings, and belt crusted with scarlet stones. Or maybe you envision the great treasures in Smaug’s cave; silver, gold, weapons encrusted with jewels, priceless necklaces and bracelets. Another thing I absolutely loved in this masterpiece is the character development shown in the characters throughout the book. From Bilbo finding his true courageous self to Thorin letting go of his greed to see justice, J.R.R. Tolkien allows each person room to grow. I believe The Hobbit is a must read for anyone who loves adventure and fantasy novels. To conclude this review, I’ll leave you with a wise piece of advice from the late author. “A man that flies from his fear may find that he has only taken a shortcut to meet it.”

Age Rating: 9+
Star Rating: 5/5
- Anusha Upadhyayula

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