The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Published by Harper Collins
This edition published in 1991, originally published in 1937
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.
I have to admit this is the first time I've read The Hobbit and I wanted to read it before I saw the movie. I really wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't. And I know that so many Tolkien fans will think that that is just blasphemy!
First of all, I thought it rambled too much and I had a really hard time getting through it. I can usually read a book in a couple of days but this one took me over a week; and it's not that long of a book. I thought the characters were a lot of fun and Bilbo is wonderful little hobbit. However, some of the descriptions of the journey were a bit tedious.
Overall, I'm glad I finally read The Hobbit. I have already read The Fellowship of the Ring and I tried to read Two Towers, but I think I'm done with the Lord of the Rings. I gave it my best shot. It's just not my cup of tea.