The prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, not necessary to read the other books by Tolkien but very informative to the back story of the trilogy.
The Hobbit is the story of Bilbo Baggins and his journey with a troop of dwarves and Gandalf, the wizard, as they go in search of a lost treasure. We find out all sorts of valuable information from this fantasy story – aimed more at children than adults. As readers, we are pulled into this quest along with the group and feel like we are suffering and traveling with them.
Bilbo finds himself in compromising situations that if he told about them back home, no one would believe him. He saved lives, risked his own, and found friends in the strangest of places. He finds the greatest treasure by mistake – introducing us to Gollum – and finds that his search might not have been for fame and fortune, but adventure.
It was an interesting book. I look forward to reading the rest, but fantasy is not my first choice to read so it was hard throwing myself in and becoming invested fully in them.
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