The Hobbit

The Hobbit

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The book I read was titled The Hobbit. J. R. R. Tolkien wrote the book. It was first copyrighted in 1937. It was published by Ballantine Books. The main character in the book is Bilbo Baggins, who is a hobbit. Hobbits are humans a little smaller than dwarves. There are other main characters in the book, too. Gandalf is a powerful wizard who arranges the adventure the book is about. Thirteen dwarves also take part in the adventure. Thorin is the head dwarf who leads the party when Gandalf is away. The book takes place in a world known as Middle-Earth. Middle-Earth is a fantasy world where hobbits, dwarves, trolls, wizards and many other types of people exist.I think that the theme of the book is "You should always try new things, because you never know what will come of them." I think this is the theme because Bilbo never did anything out of the ordinary, and being pushed into an adventure made him very wealthy, and a great deal wiser. My favorite part of the book was when Bilbo found the ring which made him invisible whenever he put it on. I liked that part of the book because at first Bilbo did not know that the ring made him invisible, and it was interesting to read how he escaped the cave once he figured it out. J. R. R. Tolkien wrote three other books, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, that continues the tale that The Hobbit begins. He also wrote The Silmarillion, which is a story of how Middle-Earth was created. Another book he wrote was Roverandom. I read Roverandom earlier this year, and that made me interested in The Hobbit. The story is about many adventures Bilbo is drawn into. The adventures are all small parts of one big adventure. Bilbo never did anything unexpected. He was a very respectable person in his community, and came from respectable family. One day the wizard Gandalf arrived at his door one spring morning. Gandalf was searching for someone to share an adventure with, but Bilbo quickly declined, saying, "We don't want any adventures here, thank you! You might try over The Hill or across The Water," and with that the hobbit dismissed the wandering wizard, but not before he had given the wizard an invitation for tea the next day, to be polite. However, Gandalf saw something more in Bilbo and would not be discouraged.

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