Read 20/2008 – The Hobbit

Book: 20
Title: The Hobbit

The Hobbit
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien
Genre: Fantasy
Why did you get this book? Tolkien was recommended to me by a friend. I bought this book in the early 1970s.
Did you enjoy the book? Yes. This is part of my project to revisit some of the first science fiction/fantasy authors I read.
Was the author new to you? No. I also have Lord Of The Rings and two or three other books by Tolkien.
Would you read something by this author again? Have done and will do again.
Are you keeping it or passing it on? I am keeping it.
Spoilers? The adventures of hobbit Bilbo Baggins. Of how he was hired by a company of dwarves as a burglar (even though he never knew he had that particular talent) on the recommendation of the wizard Gandalf. Of how he came into possession of the elven blade Sting that glows whenever the enemy is near. Of how he found the precious ring of power long possessed by Gollum. Of how he escaped from the goblins by using the ring.  Of how he rescued his companions from giant spiders and later from the wood elves. Of how he aided the dwarves in winning back their treasure that was stolen by the great dragon Smaug thereby earning his promised wage of one fourteenth of the profits. Of how he was rewarded by the dwarves leader Thorin Oakenshield with a coat of mail armor made of Mithril. Of how, in a vain attempt to stop an imminent war, he burgled Thorins greatest treasure the Arkenstone. In doing all these things he sets the stage for the greater adventure by his nephew Frode Baggins as told in the Lord of the Rings.
Finally a piece of advice from Bilbo:

Never laugh at live dragons

Good advice to all of us.

Number of pages: 279
Total pages for the year: 5160


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