The Hobbit (1937)

The Hobbit (1937)

by J.R.R. Tolkien

A mild-mannered hobbit who thinks he loves nothing better than home and hearth finds the spark of adventure fanned in his breast when a wizard and thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep in search of a burglar in their quest to regain their lost gold from a dragon. 

It's been many years since I last read JRR Tolkien’s classic fantasy tale and I was pleased to find that it still held up. 

The narrative drive may flag a bit at times, especially toward the end, when things should really be moving quickly, but the craft and thought that Tolkien put into his characters and his world-building is what really impresses here. 

I read along with Corey Olsen’s chapter by chapter analysis on his podcast “The Tolkien Professor,” which greatly enhanced my understanding and pleasure. 

Professor Corey Olson

It's a fun way to explore a book.


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