Given the way my dad is I was probably always destined to be a nerd, but I think that Tolkien was really my gateway into that world. Ever since getting through the Lord of the Rings for the first time in middle school I’ve gone back to reread it every other year or so. I haven’t done that with this one. Here is my review of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.
I’m almost embarrassed to say it’s probably getting close to 15 years since I have read the Hobbit. What was great for about that is (aside from having gone to the movie earlier this year) this story was almost brand new for me. The only thing I had really remembered was the story of how Bilbo found the ring (actually I was pleasantly surprised when I knew the answers to the riddles the first time I saw the movie). It was pretty amazing being able to be surprised all over again by such a great writer as Tolkien.
The other thing that was also interesting is how different the style of writing is compared to Lord of the Rings. I know this is more traditionally a book read in middle school, but I had completely forgotten how much easier than LOTR it is to read. It also has much more of a storyteller-telling-you-a-story feel which I had completely forgotten.
There’s a reason this is a classic. I really did enjoy discovering it all over again. While it will never hold the same place in my heart as LOTR, I can’t imagine going this long without rereading it again. I give it four out of five stars.