The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit is a classic fantasy novel written by Tolkien, which is nominally at least a children’s book. Much simpler than its sequel The Lord of The Rings, it is an introductory novel to Middle Earth, in which the home-loving Bilbo Baggins (a Hobbit) joins an adventure to take revenge on a dragon.

Possibly it’s because this book is aimed at children that I find the characters lacking and the plot plodding tediously where the world-building and detail is fantastic. I do remember struggling with it aged 7 however!

The lack of anything more dramatic than mild peril (certificate 12) makes for a dull book, and the miraculous escapes seem ridiculous after a while. I think this would be an acceptable book if there was less pressure to love it, but I always think its overrated.

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