by J.R.R. Tolkien
- Date Finished: December 2, 2012
- Genre: Fiction; Fantasy
- Year: 1937
- Project: n/a
- Reading List: Winter 2012-13
- Quick thoughts upon finishing: I thought to re-read The Hobbit a few weeks ago when I remembered, “Oh crap! That movie is coming out soon!” I hadn’t read it in awhile and even though Peter Jackson’s movie will be split into three films — a dumb idea, I think — I figured I might as well catch up before hitting the movie theater at midnight (oh yeah, Joel and I will be those people).
- I don’t think I need to re-state my love and affection for Tolkien. I’m pretty much a Tolkien-holic and major LoTR geek, so why I love The Hobbit needs no explanation. I had a wonderful time during this re-reading, mainly because I hadn’t read The Hobbit in years — it’s amazing how much you forget when you don’t have epic movie sagas to remind you what happens every few years. It was almost as if I were rediscovering The Hobbit; coming at it with fresh eyes, it sometimes felt like reading this magical book for the first time.
- Joel and I were discussing whether The Hobbit was a better or worse book than the LoTR series, but I don’t think you can compare them. The Hobbit is a short, succinct, neat little adventure story set in Middle Earth featuring delightful and wonderful characters. However, The Hobbit is just a taste of Middle Earth and it’s sweeping landscapes — just a small glimpse. Most of the characters aren’t fully developed (because there simply isn’t time) and the description of the politics are pretty basic. If anything, it’s that hook that draws you into The Lord of the Rings and the entire Tolkien universe. Which makes sense, since The Hobbit is essentially a children’s book and reads like such — a hilarious, funny, adventurous children’s book. If only there were more like it.
- Awards: The book was nominated for a Carnegie medal and awarded a prize from the New York Herald Tribune for juvenile fiction. It’s also widely known for being freakin’ awesome.
- Grade: A+
I like how the past two books I’ve read will soon be released as hugely epic films. Good thing I’m deviating from the book-to-big-screen path pretty soon.
But oh man … this movie is going to be so f-cking good. I. Can’t. Wait.