The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien ~ a Review


A truly classic fantasy adventure story!

Bilbo Baggins is a a nice enough hobbit who gets swept up in a grand adventure by a wizard and a troop of 13 dwarves. The group march across the land to take back Thorin Oakenshield’s rightful crown as King Under the Mountain from the clutches of Smaug the Chiefest of Calamities.

Of course along the way they get sidetracked and dragged into several unfortunate situations, and have to fight against forces who try to keep them from their task.

A great introduction to the wonderful world that is Middle-Earth, and to everyone’s favorite wizard (nope not you Harry) Gandalf the Grey.


Ok so this review is actually a little tough to write because while I enjoyed The Hobbit, I kind of had to force myself to finish this book…

It’s not that I didn’t want to read it, or that I didn’t enjoy it, it’s that Tolkien’s writing takes some adjustment. A lot has changed with fantasy writing since this cornerstone was originally published in 1937. I also had to keep in mind that The Hobbit is technically a children’s tale, so my expectations needed some adjusting.

I also felt a little bit of pressure from some of those around me, telling me how much they loved this book. I found myself thinking… am I missing something?

It’s a good read, and I would recommend everyone read it, but for my it didn’t become one of my favorites. It’s just a easy read to pick up on a vacation. Maybe I built it up too much in my mind that I didn’t appreciate it fully for what it was while reading. I was debating on actually giving it 3 stars, which is my ‘it was okay, I enjoyed it’ rating, but out of respect for Tolkien, what he’s done for the genre, for the kick butt movies, and world that has been built from this novel, I gave it 4 stars.

Favorite Quotes

“‘Go back?’ he thought. ‘No good at all! Go sideways? Impossible! Go forward? Only thing to do! On we Go!'”

I really like this quote because it reminds my not to stress and be so concerned with trying to asses all the options and possibilities when trying to decide what to do. Just go forward, it’s the only option that makes sense.

“He fought the real battle in the tunnel alone, before he ever saw the vast danger that lay in wait.”

I’m a firm believer in that our state of mind, how we think and feel about things, greatly impacts our experiences and perceptions. A lot of the work has to be done first mentally in order to change or prepare for something different. That internal adjustment is what this quote reminds me of.

“‘Surely you don’t disbelieve the prophecies because you had a hand in bringing them about yourself? You don’t really suppose, do you, that all your adventures and escapes were managed be mere luck, just for your sole benefit? You are a very fine person, Mr.Baggins, and I am very fond of you, but you are only quite a little fellow in a wide world after all!”

I really like this ending quote. We are all only small pieces in a puzzle so vast we can’t begin to comprehend. It’s important to adjust your perspective every now and then.

2 thoughts on “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien ~ a Review

  1. The Hobbit is such a lovely story, and a great introduction to reading the rest of the Lord of the Rings books. It’s a children’s book, yes, but is also easily accessible and enjoyable for adults too. Nice post 🙂


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