Notes on The Hobbit
With a wide variety of species like Humans, Elves, Dwarfs, Goblins, Wizards, Hobbits, Eagles, Wolves (wargs), speaking birds, Giant Spiders, and other mysteries, It's a story about friendship, ethics, magic, teamwork and trust.
I actually know about its existence from quite a time, but planned to read it after discovering the fascinating and brilliant world of The Lord of The Rings. I was procrastinating on reading LOTR, but got paperback of The Hobbit from a friend and started this instead.
I am happy that I read it prior to The Lord of The Rings as it's chronologically correct.
It's no doubt that it's a great and well-written book but, I can't exactly say I loved it. I mean I enjoyed reading it and indeed it was adventurous, but it is also true that I didn't get hooked or addicted to reading it. I was like yeah it's fun but I have other things to do.
As I said earlier, It's a story about friendship, ethics, magic, teamwork and trust. And you would definitely enjoy reading it.
I liked how simple and short this book was. Even after containing all these adventures, it was concise. It was perfectly elaborate even after being a short (305 pg) read. I've read thicker books. They definitely need more pages to explain things in their way. But the hobbit stands as a solo book, one doesn't need to read other books to understand what it says.
There was a happy ending with a little pinch of sadness, but remorse is needed to make stories feel more real and connecting.
I also didn't like a number of things about it. Like, the story could've been a little more explained. When someone writes such detailed stories he needs to explain the world in more details. But I won't blame Tolkien for this, as it was his first book. I also read somewhere that he wrote it as a bed-time storybook for his kids. Explaining its simplicity.
Secondly, some parts were very slow. Which is why it took me 1.5 months to complete it. IKR, pretty high for a 300 pg book.
Thirdly (lol), I wanted more Gandalf🧙🏻♂️
Anyone who wants a fantasy book with lots of adventures, happy memories, loves reading magical stories with large number of characters in it and good world building would love it.
Bonus part – It's a small part of a very big fantasy world of Middle Earth Series, so there always more.
Bonus part:re – You get to read The Lord of the Rings Series after it.
- LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring
- LOTR: The Two Towers
- LOTR: The Return of the King
- The Silmarillion
...and many more by J.R.R. Tolkien himself, check at Middle-Earth Universe Series