Chris's Reviews > The Hobbit
Dec 20, 2007
Personally I think that Tolkien is somewhat of a genius. I mean anyone who went through enough trouble to write an entire volume of history for a three book trilogy, the length of which is as long as any of the books in the installment, has got to be operating on a different mental tear. I mean the guy created entire languages for races of ancient people that he had made up the day before. I mean literally, if there ever was a father and founder of modern fantasy as we know it, weather it be Harry Potter or a digital fantasy or video game, I can safely say that Tolkien did it first and then some. However, I understand that in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, the story can get a little tedious and tiresome for those not intensely involved in Tolkien's world. This should not however, be a problem in the precursor to the trilogy, the Hobbit. Here Tolkien seems to have no trouble being non specific and and seems to skip over details with ease. In fact, although still beautifully written, the Hobbit seems to have an altogether different tone. Less of a sense of urgency and more of a notion of fun and adventure. A quiet, good natured, and quite portly hobbit finally getting a chance to prove to himself and his comrades that he is something more than an excellent cook. If you are looking to get a peak at the fantasy world of Tolkien but are unsure if your ready to delve into the complex world of the Lord of the Rings, then this is the book the check out. Reading this as a boy with my father I could easily let my mind run wild in my own back woods traveling across the open country with my band of dwarves. This is a must read for any little boy who has an imagination too big for his own good. Do not pass this one up.
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December 20, 2007 – Shelved
July 21, 2008 – Finished Reading