Book Review: The Hobbit

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.

//SPOILER//

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.

//END OF SPOILER//

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? 

Rating: 3/5

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Author: EMK

Just blogging away in my free time while I try to make something of my life

10 thoughts on “Book Review: The Hobbit”

  1. I also think it was a bit slow-paced, at the beginning at least. I only read up to about 37% and forgot to pick it up again. Perhaps after I watch the film (yes, I haven’t), I’ll be motivated to finish reading.

    1. I definitely know what you mean. I started reading The Hobbit after having seen the film because I wanted to know how much of the film was actually in the book. After I got to where the movie left off, I probably kept reading 40% because I enjoyed the book and 60% because I wanted to have read the Hobbit 😛

  2. Awwwh it’s a shame you didn’t like it more, I love The Hobbit it’s one of my fave’s! I will admit that it is a bit slow though. I kind of liked the fact that it was someone else that killed the dragon…I’m not totally sure why. I guess because if the dwarfs had killed him they would have been too arrogant about it because it’s in their nature, and then they would probably have ended up repeating the same mistakes all over again. But that’s just my interpretation of it. 😛 Plus they got that other battle at the end.

    I hate to be the one to tell you though, the LOTR books are even slower that The Hobbit! :S Peter Jackson added in a lot of stuff for those films too.

    1. Well, I didn’t not like it 😛 It’s a good book and it’s a great children’s story. I could have coped with the slow journey if it actually would have led to a great big climax at the end. Now it just kinda looked like they didn’t really have to do anything to get the treasure. They poke the proverbial bear., then said bear goes off in a rage and gets killed by the innocent campers who were attacked by a random bear. Then, the bear pokers walk away with 80% of the bear’s treasure. No fair. 😛 If that makes any sense?

      There was that other fight but I thought that that was just weird.. it didn’t really fit 😛

  3. I am not reading this review in case of spoilers, because I’m currently reading the book. And so far, I LOVE it. It’s just awesome. But I can’t see how it’s gonna be made into three (three, right?) movies.
    I skipped the part recovered by the first movie, and I am wondering how they made it into a full movie! It’s too short. Anyway, I hope Peter Jackson doesn’t ruin it.

    1. Yea, I thought 3 movies was too much as well.. I think that Peter Jackson just wants to make as much money out of it as he can.. Doesn’t mean the films are bad though but literally 80% of the film doesn’t happen in the book. It’s a whole lot more talking and less fighting 😛

      Let me know what you think when you finished reading it! But in the mean time.. enjoy 😉

      1. Some friends watched it, and they said it was good. No as good as the LotR movies though. I read somewhere that Peter Jackson added a lot of stuff from the appendixes, that’s why there are three movies.
        Sure! And thanks 🙂

  4. I remember absolutely adoring the Hobbit, but I have to admit I was about 11 or 12 when I read it, even younger when my father force-fed me Lord of the Rings in English.. I was raised with Fantasy *grins* I actually wanted to read the book again to see if it was that amazing at a later age too but refrained from doing so to prevent it from ruining the movies for me 😛 After reading your review I might not re-read at all so I won`t ruin the good memories of the book xD

    I`m looking forward to the next movies though, especially Mirkwood.. I hope they live up to my vague but great memories of the book. And to the people above, they`re able to make it into three movies because they won`t just cover the Hobbit but also the period between the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings to sort of bridge the movies. Not sure how I feel about that but meh… we`ll see 😛

  5. Definitely don’t think they should do three movies, but alas, money speaks. I loved reading the hobbit, in fact I read the book during a trip I took to Guatemala, so the theme of adventure was very fitting. I agree it was a bit slow, and it is very much a children’s book, but I was thoroughly entertained and thought a confrontation between the dwarves and the dragon would have been unrealistic. Smaug would have killed them too easily. But I also agree that it was a let down having such an undeveloped character slay the mighty beast!

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