Thu, September 6, 2012

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Review

The Hobbit book cover

The Hobbit
By J.R.R. Tolkien
Publication date: June 7, 2012
HarperCollins Children’s Books, 368 pages
Source: Publisher

Whisked from his comfortable hobbit/hole by Gandalf the wizard and a band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon…

— Goodreads.com description

Me (singing in my Oprah voice): I love it. I loooooooooooooooooooove it!
Husband: Why are you so loud?
Me (still singing, this time with jazz hands): Because I’m soooo pumped about The Hobbit moooooooooovie!
Husband: (Stares at me silently.)
Me (slowly lowering jazz hands): What?
Husband: (Stares at me silently.)
Me: No, seriously, what did I do?

I guess that silence meant that I was being a nerd. Sorry, husband. I get really into The Hobbit. Deal with it.

I mean, HELLOOOO, dragons! Treasure! Gollum and his precioussss! Mr. Bilbo Baggins!

I’ve been a fan of The Hobbit since I was a preteen, when my dad threw a copy at me and said: “This. Read this.”

I devoured it, then quickly moved on to The Lord of the Rings and then the movies came years later and yeah…the geeking out continued.

Anyhoo, in honor of upcoming release of The Hobbit movie (Nov. 28!), I reread the book, and I have to say it I love it just as much as I did 16 or so years ago. It’s what I plan on reading to my kid at bedtime, and in 100 years, we’ll all still be talking about it. That, my friends, is a classic. Check it out.

Now, who else is geeking out with me?!

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  1. Kate the Book Buff said:

    So I think you and I may secretly be the same person. We both are total geeks, love Tolkein, and have husbands who just stare at us when we do stupid stuff, rather than flat out make fun of us. Which, lets face it, is very generous of them. Anyway I’m totally stoked for the movie too!

    -Kate the Book Buff
    Recent Post: Good Golly Miss Molly! Review: When It Happens to You by Molly Ringwald

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  2. Lori said:

    I’m so sad to say that I haven’t read this or LotR. I’m so ashamed…I’m a huge nerd about them though. The Hobbit trailer actually made me a little teary the first time I saw it….

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    Anna Reply:

    Me too re: getting teary. Aww, nerds!

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  3. Sherry said:

    Geeking out and waving my jazz hands!

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  4. Lisa said:

    Girl please. YOU KNOW I AM.

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    Anna Reply:

    YOU! I knew I could count on you!

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  5. Em (Love YA Lit) said:

    I LOVE The Hobbit and can’t wait for the movie! YAY!

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  6. Kristilyn (Reading in Winter) said:

    I will admit that even though I’ve had the book for YEARS UPON YEARS, I can’t geek out with you because I’ve yet to read it.

    *dodges thrown tomatoes*

    Seriously, though, my brother bought these for me when I lived at my old old with the family, which was in the 90’s. THE 90’S!!

    Of course, I still plan to read these … eventually. Sometime.

    Maybe.

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  7. Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook said:

    Soo . . . I am actually not a fan of the LotR. Sorry. I have read the Hobbit (way back when I was in high school), and I thought it was okay. So I read The Fellowship of the Ring, and didn’t really like it all that much. So, I’ve never read the rest of the series.

    I may have to see the movie, though, because Richard Armitage is in it! Guy of Gisbourne and John Thornton – heck yeah!

    But I think it is totally awesome that you are so excited about it. Geeking out about books (whatever books they might be) is totally awesome, and definitely something I can relate to. 🙂

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  8. Miss Remmers said:

    I listened to The Hobbit this summer and LOVED it! You should try the audiobook!

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  9. Jamie said:

    Ok so I was all “Ew I would never like this” and then one weekend in college all of my friends (they were all on the men and women’s soccer teams) except one girl were gone one weekend and they were playing a marathon of LOTR movies at school…so we went and I LOVED THEM. Sadly, I have not read them though. Will would NEVER EVER watch the movie so I might have to kick him out and watch.

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  10. Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books said:

    I adore The Hobbit. It’s probably my favorite Tolkien book, only because I think it’s the most magical and adventurous one. I had a lot of fun reading it back in the day, and I usually reread it whenever I get the opportunity to. LOVE the adventure and the dragon and all the characters so much. And I’m SO EXCITED for the film!

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  11. Elin said:

    Looking forward to this movie:) love lord of the rings:)

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  12. Katie said:

    Me! I am so so so excited! Jumping-up-and-down-squealing excited, and I really don’t know how I’m going to get through the next few months. Just reread the book and I absolutely can’t wait to see how they turn it into films. *squeals excitedly* WE WANTS TO SEE IT, PRECIOUSSS, WE WANTS IT!

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  13. Jenn @ Booksessed said:

    I am so excited for this one!! I first read The Hobbit in college (well after I saw the LOTR movies). I absolutely loved it! I am so stoked for the movie. Martin Freeman is perfect as a young Bilbo!!

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  14. Heidi @ YA Bibliophile said:

    Obvs I am in!! I “re-read” this one via audiobook this summer. So much love. Although I have heard they added a female main character? Not sure about that. Also, two movies means waiting longer for it all to come together. Still excited! I’ll likely go see it by myself since I have no nerdy friends around here!

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  15. Amanda @ Late Nights with Good Books said:

    Yay so excited! I actually enjoyed reading The Hobbit better than The Lord of the Rings (although it’ll be very hard for The Hobbit movie trilogy to replace The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy as my favorite movies ever). But beside that, I’m also planning on doing a reread before the movie. It’s been a while since I was able to properly geek out about Tolkien’s world so I’m so looking forward to this. 🙂

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  16. Tara said:

    Maybe one of these days I’ll get my behind in gear and actually read this… :/

    PS – I could totally picture Dan during your squealing 🙂

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  17. Tara said:

    I MUST READ THIS.

    PS – I could totally picture Dan during your squealing 🙂

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  18. Jen (LostintheLibrary) said:

    HA!!! I could picture this. Just starting reading The Hobbit with my 11 year old….so excited about the movie

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  19. Ruth said:

    I literally just finished reading The Hobbit (for the first time) in readiness for the film! It was surprisingly action-packed.

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  20. April Books & Wine said:

    Late to the party (so far behind on blog reading) but I just came for one thing

    FAR OVERRRR MISTY MOUNTAINS COLD
    TO DUNGEONS DEEP
    AND CAVERNS OLD

    I love that I know the lyrics without even googling.

    ANYWAYS!

    I love the book!
    AND CANNOT WAIT FOR THE MOVIE. Holy.
    I remember the day the trailer was released and fangirling with Carla over it.

    AHHH!

    Ok, the end.

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