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The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Nov 09, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, audio-book, with-jen
Recommended to Nathan by: Dad
Recommended for: all
Read from November 14 to December 02, 2011 , read count: 3

Because of my love for LoTR, I often shortchange its predecessor, which is unfair. The Hobbit is as capivating an adventure as I've read. It lacks the profundity of LoTR, but it's written for a different audience: children. It's lots of fun and filled with interesting characters.

I did find in this trip there and back again that the dwarves are spectacularly useless. You admire Thorin for his leadership--a little anyway--and Balin is a stand-up dwarf; the rest are just along for the ride or worse (Bombur). They're always mean to Bilbo, who does everything for them except kill the dragon, and they never do anything to earn their 1/14th share of the treasure. Just another reason why elves are far cooler than dwarves.

If you haven't read this book, do so. It's very hard to spend too much time in Middle Earth.

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