The Hobbit (There and Back again).
(first published 1937).
Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998) and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!
O! God. This is overwhelming. I am laughing, going mad and above all crying.
This is too much happiness for me to take the path of a journey that once been taken by one of my favourite Hobbit ever Mr. Baggins which I am so proud of; he never imagined that his Took side of the family might take over him one day when he left his house one morning to catch up the 13 dwarves who been uninvited to his Hobbit’s hall but yet they spent the whole night eating and sings making it uncomfortable for any Hobbit and moreover their invitation to him. He even left without his pocket handkerchief. I believe it is unbelievable for a Hobbit but so as Gandalf said Bilbo is the lucky number; he was.
Starting the journey he was frightened adding to the new path he took that no Baggins but might be a Took have taken once before. To Rivendell where he got to meet the elven kings under the sky, to the heart of the misty mountains and meeting the very forgotten creature Gollum that he challenged for riddle or Bilbo would be eaten. Bilbo won his life but above all he won the ring that made him walk through shadows, he tricked the goblins and with his ring saved the life of the dwarves much countless time; that he turned to be the most important fellow of the 15. Meeting eagles and Dragon! He was the only brave to meet and even speak with the mighty dragon (poor Bilbo or poor us? that we never thought how a small fellow of a Hobbit can change the face of the earth and history within?)
What tricked me is the leaving of Gandalf who as always shows up in the right time (“A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.”) but within Tolkien’s writing everything is for a reason, the whole storyline is perfect and I shall write more to this review when my heart rest from the excitement of the journey.
The great battle of five races at the end was an epic even if the story taller got knocked out before he sees the end.
R.I.P. Thorin Oakenshield, Kili and Fili.