If you read my first blog post, you’ll know The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of my favorite books of all time. I first read it when I was in fourth or sixth grade, and I reread it (audiobook this time) during my final semester of college. Today I’m sharing my favorite things about this fantasy classic, spoiler-free.
Disclaimer: These are my opinions, and you don’t have to agree with them.
Number 8: Tolkien skips the unnecessary parts.
Tolkien skips a lot of scenes that don’t need to be included and would bog down the story with unnecessary details. This is one of the primary reasons this book is a fun read. No one wants to waste time with unnecessary content.
Number 7: It’s a great set-up for The Lord of the Rings.
The Ring and the necromancer in particular are a nice set-up for the famous trilogy. The necromancer hints at the return of Sauron and the Nazgul, and the finding of the Ring is an obvious connection between The Hobbit and the stories to follow.
Number 6: The storyteller style is great.
At the beginning of the novel in particular, Tolkien uses a more informal storyteller style that makes the reader feel as though a real person is sitting there telling them the story. It really drew me in, and I especially liked it in conjunction with the audiobook format.
Number 5: I can’t leave out the world-building.
In particular I enjoyed learning about the dwarves’ and elves’ cultures. Dwarves live underground and make beautiful creations out of metals and gems. Elves dwell in the forests where they sing and enjoy themselves. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Tolkien’s worldbuilding has inspired so many writers. Middle Earth is a classic fantasy setting, loved by many.
Number 4: The story is action-packed.
The characters never get a break. They’re constantly dealing with problems. There are magical creatures, elves, men, and magic to contend with. The journey is a never-ending string of problems that must be solved. It keeps me, and I’m sure many other readers, engaged.
Number 3: The Ring is cool.
Who doesn’t like a magical piece of jewelry? I particularly like how good and helpful the Ring is in this book (compared to The Lord of the Rings). It plays an integral part in Bilbo’s journey.
Number 2: The riddles in the dark make a great scene.
I really like the game of riddles Bilbo and Sméagol/Gollum play. It’s such a fun scene, and the tension is high. Bilbo may not be a strong warrior like the dwarves, but he shows one of his strengths here.
Number 1: Bilbo is a great character.
I love how resourceful Bilbo is throughout the book. He’s a great problem-solver. He also has a great character arc. I love how he changes from the beginning to the end. He is definitely my favorite character.
These are eight of my favorite things about The Hobbit. This book has stood the test of time for me. I loved it even more the second time I read it. It’s such a fun adventure. It’s also my favorite Middle Earth book.
Do you like these aspects of The Hobbit? Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments below.