The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)
Finished: Right before Christmas
My parents read me this ur-fantasy-classic when I was a child, but I had never actually read it myself before. After re-watching the LOTR movies on DISNEY+ I wanted to spend a little more time in that world and decided to go back and read THE ORIGINAL BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL.
And what a delight!
The Lord of the Rings trilogy (especially the movies) have such a heavy dramatic tone, that you might be surprised when you read The Hobbit and it’s actually a book for kids. The tone is light-hearted and fun, and although there are a few dark moments, on the whole it is a rather lighthearted wholesome book about friendship and unexpected heroes.
Fantasy as a genre has gotten so GRITTY over the years, it’s fun to go back and find something at the beginning that is so warm and hopeful.
Great characters. Great story. Great world. We know this! I don’t need to say it!
If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed with your life and need to escape for a little bit: THE HOBBIT THE HOBBIT THE HOBBIT