Thursday, 7 February 2013

Book Review #5: The Hobbit

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
Book Review by Alyssa L.

The Hobbit, by J.R.R Tolkien, is a fictional novel that fills your mind with fantasies that you feel could come true at any moment.   I would have to agree when Julia says that the theme is self-discovery and evolving loyalties.  At the start of the book, Bilbo Baggins reminded me of a turtle, as he would rather live the comforting, content life in his hobbit hole. As the book progresses, Bilbo is convinced that he has to take this risk and venture outside of his home past the hills and the sea.  Bilbo discovers and continues to explore a new daring and exciting side of him. Things that Bilbo would have never done before became natural to him. Sometimes, Bilbo reverts back to his “normal” self and frequently wishes for the safety of his hobbit hole. I think that the loyalty and friendship that grows between the dwarves and Bilbo is very prominent, and you could see the differences in their personalities.  This demanding adventure tested their trust in each other and created a stronger bond between them. At times, the dwarves as well as Bilbo could have left each other behind, but none of them did so. 
I thought that The Hobbit was an entertaining adventure book, which had a vast amount of detail that brought the story to life.   I am not a huge fan of the fantasy genre, but The Hobbit brought me into a different world. Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist, is a dynamic, round character in The Hobbit.  I could really connect to him, because I am the type of person who would rather stay home in bed than adventure out into the world.  One of my favorite parts of the book is when all of the dwarves are feeling that Bilbo is holding them back and is completely useless on their adventure. But, whenever the dwarves are in danger, he always comes to their aid and helps them out. While I was reading the first chapter of the book, I thought that J.R.R Tolkien introduced too many characters like all of the dwarves, and did not expand on them enough. The dwarves were mainly flat, static characters and the detail about them was very limited. The Hobbit was uneventful at times, and other parts were packed with action. I thought that there could have been more action rather than just back and forth conversations. It is really easy to separate the different parts of the plot into the exposition, climax, and the resolution.  I could see that J.R.R Tolkien added a bit of foreshadowing in The Hobbit alerting the readers about the exciting moments coming up next.  The author successfully lured me into the book and kept me on my toes guessing what was going to happen next.  If I were to rate it, I would give it a 7/10 because it was amusing, but I did not think that it was as engaging nor captivating as previous books that I have read.  I would recommend The Hobbit to anyone who would enjoy a fantasy book and would not mind escaping into another world.


  1. Hi Alyssa, I personally have never read "The Hobbit" and probably never will but your review would be the only reason I would. I have heard that before that it is very slow paced and it could have been done in half the amount. I really like how you branched out and read something that you might not like. I personally have not seen many blogs that do that. I was wondering if you have read any of the other "Lord of the Rings" books? Great Review Alyssa.

    1. I'm just went back over my comments and realized I hadn't commented on the whole blog! That's okay though because I can go back and read all these awesome blogs again! I really like how in all of your reviews you spend immense amounts of time and put your full effort into it. I can tell because there are no spelling or grammatical errors and everything you write contains big juicy adjectives. Great job Alyssa.

  2. I nominate you for the Liebster Blog Award