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Review: “The Hobbit” by J. R. R. Tolkien

June 6, 2013

This book is about a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins. What is a hobbit, you ask? Well, they are little people smaller than dwarves. They are rather fond of food, eating at the least six meals a day, which leaves them rather fat. They wear bright colors yet seldom wear shoes, for the soles of their feet are hard and leathery. Another important fact is this: they scarcely ever leave their village. Yes, hobbits are not really the type of person you would choose for an adventure. But, there is one family of hobbits that can’t resist a good adventurer: the Tooks. Now we come back to Bilbo. Bilbo is part Took. This is why Gandalf (a mighty wizard) came to call on him one fateful day. Before he knew it, Bilbo had 13 dwarves eating his food and speaking of gold, and Bilbo’s new career… a robber. And that is how Bilbo came to be traveling without even a pocket hanky off in search of dragon gold.

The Hobbit” is fascinating. With songs and riddles, the vivid descriptions replace all need for illustrations. I would recommend it to anyone looking for an exiting, funny, adventure story.

-Katie F., Grade 8

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