“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien

The fantastic novel, The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien is a story about a little hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who lives a contented life in his hobbit-hole. Bilbo is selected as the fourteenth member for an adventure. He has to travel with thirteen dwarves and the wizard Gandalf to Lonely Mountain where the evil dragon Smaug lives. A hundred years ago, Smaug attacked the mountain and killed all of the dwarves that lived there, and is now hoarding their gold. The dwarves want to win back their gold and home, so they decide to set out on an adventure for which they need the aid of a thief. Although Bilbo has never stolen anything, he is chosen by Gandalf for the job, and throughout most of the story puffs along behind the dwarves, and is seen as a burden. The unlikely hero soon blossoms, and becomes more and more respected as they near the lair of the deadly dragon. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I would give it a nine out of ten. Tolkien’s strong voice and infinite creativity make it a classic and fantastical adventure story that is timeless, intriguing, and a joy to read. It is a book that you can never be too old to enjoy but would also be lovely to have read it to you at a young age. Its writing style, and plot twists make it hard to put down, even if it not action-packed, its cleverness and whimsical air make it irresistible.

Eva Cranch A2

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