For this review, I’m going to skip the blurb and the synopsis. Why? Because you have either read the book and I don’t need to tell you or you haven’t and I don’t want to spoil the films to come for you. But what I am going to do is talk about what I thought of the book in general.
The Hobbit is a children’s book. Now, I’m guessing that the kids in 1937 were a whole lot smarter than I am because I wasn’t able to read this book when I was about 12. That’s the first time that my father shoved a Dutch copy in my hands and told me to take it with me to swimming meets so I could read it while I was waiting. After that, I sporadically picked it up every couple of years but I never read it all the way through. I think the furthest I got were the trolls who got turned into stone when the sun came up. But now, I have read it! Yay me! It only took me a couple of weeks..
But anyway.. You (well I did) start reading The Hobbit thinking that it’s an amazing story about adventure and fights and epicness. Especially if you have seen the Lord of the Ring films and more recently The Hobbit film. I’m not saying that it’s not an amazing story because it is but it does move slow and without about 90% of the action that Peter Jackson has made us think that was in the books. Seriously, the only fight in the movie that was actually in the book was the bit with the Goblins. The rest was all the product of Peter Jackson’s (and his writer’s) imagination.
Anyway, so the story moves a bit slow but the content is good. Does that make sense? Even though it’s slow, it’s not exactly boring. I am really looking forward to see what PJ is going to do with the whole Mirkwood scene because to be honest, when I was reading the book, I found it a bit difficult to visualize. So yea..
Best part of the book is definitely the riddles with Gollum. Yea that was fun. Also, again it was hard to visualize because basically Tolkien wrote that it was pitch black in the cave. Bilbo literally could not see anything. So I’m kinda glad that I saw the movie so I could see that in my head kinda.. or else my mind’s eye would have been blind and I find that annoying. Like, when I read about blind people, it takes me a lot of effort to continue to visualize what it would have looked like. Weird right?
Probably the biggest thing that I wanted to say about this book is that I didn’t like the ending.
Basically, you read this whole damn book about this group of dwarfs and a hobbit who set out on a quest to kill the evil dragon who has stolen their treasure but then when push comes to shove, the freaking dragon gets killed by a random villager?! How messed up is that?! Talking about an anti-climax. When I was reading, I seriously hoped that Smaug was going to show up, creating an epic battle between the dwarfs and the dragon but nooooooo.. it had to be all calm and whatever. Eugh. Okay rant over.
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Sorry, I had to get that out of my system. But yea, I am 100% convinced that the movie ending will not be the same as the book ending. It’s just to vague and like ‘whut?’. But anyway, yea it’s a good book. You should read it because it’s the Hobbit and everyone should have read it. It shouldn’t have been 3 movies though. Two would have been more than enough.
Ehm.. so in conclusion? It’s a cool book, I guess (writer’s note: I totally just wrote ‘it’s a cool butt’. Freudian slip, anyone?), but it’s not the most epic novel of all time. To be honest, it doesn’t even get a spot on my favourite’s list. I’m curious about reading the Lord of the Rings though..
Please, don’t shoot me for my opinion, okay?