Book Review : The Hobbit By J.R.R Tolkien

An unlikely hero,a powerful friend,group of travelers,dangerous adventures,dragon,strange creatures….sounds interesting right?

Do you want to read a book which has all the above mentioned ingredients,but is still not complicated : The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien offers all ,in reasonable number of pages.

The Hobbit

The story is set in Shire( in Middle Earth ) – and starts at Hobbiton village.Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who loves good food,comfort of his home and his usual luxuries.He is sitting and smoking while he spots a tall old man with a staff.The old man introduces himself as Gandalf and then informs Bilbo :

I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone.

Note: If you want to read about the races and Middle earth people – read this.

Bilbo remembers that Gandalf has created fireworks during holidays at hobbiton.Bilbo refuses but invites Gandalf for a tea.Next day door bell rings and Bilbo reaches the door,but it is not Gandalf who he sees, and soon his house is crowded with 13 dwarves and Gandalf.Now he learns that Thorin (Leader of dwarves team) wants to reclaim his gold which rightfully belongs to him from a dragon named Smaug and they would travel to Misty Mountains to do so.

I will leave the rest for you to discover as you read the book.For your information this book serves as a prequel to the mighty Lord Of the Rings (LOTR) Trilogy written by J R R Tolkien.LOTR was huge in scope and much complicated( I read LOTR #1 and watched movie trilogy) – The Hobbit is rather simplistic in its approach but consistently entertaining.

It is as much about the friendship between Bilbo,Gandalf,dwarves as it is about how an unlikely hero Bilbo does things he never imagined and from a burglar he becomes the leader of the pack.

The book is packed with action,adventure,surprises,riddles and even songs,poetry.There are lot of fascinating characters and amazing events which keeps the reader engaged thoroughly.The villains are superb and evil – the hero simple,gentle and courageous.As a reader we discover how luck,chance and occasional courage can sometimes set you for an adventure of a lifetime and transform you into a hero.

Some outstanding scenes from the book :

  • Bilbo gets the ring and meets a weird creature Gollum (one of the best characters for sure) – and the riddle game between them (Watch the movie and read my review).
  • The team v/s the ORCS ( another set of villains)
  • Bilbo’s first meeting with Smaug the dragon.
  • And many more 🙂

Few amazing lines i loved and i am sure you will too once you are done reading the book:

Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.

You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.

Gandalf thought of most things; and though he could not do everything, he could do a great deal for friends in a tight corner.

Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Hats off to J.R.R Tolkien for writing such entertaining,thrilling story with wonderful characters.

If you are looking for a book which children and adults can read and enjoy alike – look no further this is an adventure book you must read.

Rating : 5/5

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Movie Review : The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (HFR 3D)

The Hobbit is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings(LOTR) written by J.R.R. Tolkien.

These books are insanely famous and considered a must read for all fantasy/adventure readers.

Director Peter Jackson gave us Lord of the Rings (part1,part2,part3) and created something so magical that personally i consider LOTR trilogy the greatest fantasy series ever made. As soon as the Hobbit was announced – so was its HFR (high frame rate controversy) and later the trilogy.

Hobbit (i bought the book and read 6 chapters of it) is a single book and it was announced as a trilogy,and not a single movie.

Needless to say everyone was doubtful about the trilogy announcement.

I watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey(IMDB) in HFR 3D as Peter Jackson shot it and recommended – i can start with saying – It is outstanding.

This part covers first 6 chapters of the book and the conversion on-screen is spectacular.

Bilbo Baggins – the hobbit is played by (Martin Freeman) is asked by Gandalf to join the group of dwarfs for an unexpected journey to the Lonely Mountain to reclaim a their stolen mountain home from a dragon named Smaug.

So the journey starts with :

Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old
We must away ere break of day
To seek the pale enchanted gold.

The movie starts off slow;setting up the mood and then as the events are placed – its nothing short of a spectacle.

If you loved LOTR – you must love this too and by the time it reaches the end, one is left begging for more :).

The direction is superb and director Peter Jackson knows his craft very well.The casting is perfect and this movie, start of a fantastic trilogy. Then we have THE Gollum – one of the most fascinating characters ever created on-screen( i am really sure about this) – the moment Gollum appears on the screen – every minute with this character is a treat to watch on screen – just out of the world – those minutes with Gollum.

CG depiction of Gollum created by Weta Digital...

CG depiction of Gollum created by Weta Digital for the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now a note about HFR and negative reviews (additional links below) : The movie looks gorgeous in 48 frames/sec ,the action scenes and dark scenes look very crisp in 3D – yes it looks very real but you feel as if you are on journey with the characters –  and probably the length can be considered as a negative but not so much to take any credit away.
So if you love clarity( we live in the world of High Definition content anyways) – do not miss it.

Negative reviews on sites : Be rest assured about one thing – these reviewers made up their mind way before watching the movie and they were all out to shoot this one down – trust me go watch it yourself – if you liked LOTR there is nothing to hate about Hobbit – it’s just great film-making – few might find it slow in the start  but you will not regret when the movie ends.Cinematography and CGI is jaw dropping and the background score perfect to set you up in the mood.

Action : there is plenty to keep you entertained and is very well done – the beasts,sword fights,mountains,middle earth, you name it you have it – and it looks very cool in HFR.

Do yourself a favor and watch this on big screen – its brilliant.

Eagerly waiting for the next part – Hats off to J.R.R. Tolkien for writing this fantastic story and Peter Jackson for bringing the movie to screen.

Rating : Must watch.