Friday, February 6, 2015
For many years I resisted fantasy books. They were just not for me...a realist and a rationalist. But after reading Harry Potter, I found myself trying other books in this genre and I found I enjoyed them. I have read several dystopian series and I really loved The Night Circus. So while perusing this book in the aisle at Walmart, I decided I would give it a try.
I am so glad I did...what a charming and clever book. Of course J R R Tolkien was no slacker so why am I surprised by my delight in this small tome? I have to admit that I am not sure I will read theFellowship of the Ring trilogy as it is long and rather violent but I may change my mind at some point.
Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit and he is quite content to sit in his Hobbit Hole of a home, enjoying his view of the Shire and making pots of tea on the tea kettle in his hearth. So when Gandalf the Wizard and a group of Dwarves descend on his lovely home and ask him to join their quest, Bilbo is puzzled. Hobbits are not known for their love of adventure. ( I can totally identify with Bilbo in his love for home and hearth!) However Bilbo joins this group to travel to the Lonely Mountain where they will rid the mountain of Smaug the Dragon who has stolen all the Dwarves Treasure. For his trouble, Bilbo will gain a portion of said treasure. Of course along the way this little band meets up with trolls, goblins, woodelves, eagles, and bears giving Bilbo the adventure of a life time. All along the way, Bilbo wonders why on earth he left his dear home for an adventure!
I was a bit surprised by the end of the quest but alls well that ends well as the old saying goes. Bilbo returns to his Hobbit Hole and has many stories to tell the people of the Shire. And after reading The Hobbit, I had to go and examine the print in my living room very carefully! Now I can really enjoy the artist's rendition of Bilbo Baggins.
One thing that struck me while reading this book is that so many fantasy books are similar. I guess there are only so many ways to tell a story of good versus evil. I think my husband was surprised that I finished The Hobbit so quickly but I wanted to find out what happened to Bilbo, Gandalf, Thorin and his band of dwarves. I think that is truly the mark of a good book...the reader is eager to know how it ends!