The Hobbit Book Review

The Hobbit Book Review

The main character of the book is Mr. Bilbo

Baggins. He is the Hobbit who led the Dwarves to the Lonely Mountain to
reclaim their treasure from the dragon named Smaug. Bilbo is middle aged
and resides in a clean, warm burrow dug into the side of a hill. In the
beginning of the story Bilbo is a very weak character. He is easily frightened,
and very shy. One of his strengths though, is that he is of the mythical
race called Hobbits. Hobbits are known for their skills in thievery and
spying. There are two main characteristics of Hobbits that separate them
from normal humans. One, Hobbits are very small. They only grow to reach
the height of about three feet if they are lucky. Secondly, they have large
feet that are covered at the tops by thick hair. This hair is used to keep
the hobbitís feet warm because they do not wear boots. Another characteristic
of hobbits is that they normally donít wish for any excitement or adventure.

They thrive on repetition and dull activities such as gardening. Hobbits
also love to eat. Bilboís favorite foods are: cake, bacon, sausage, eggs,
wine, bread and any other fattening things that can be thought of. Some
other important characters are as follows. Gandalf, he is the wizard that
accompanies Bilbo and the dwarves on their quest. Thorin Oakenshield is
son of the king of the dwarves who were driven from the Lonely Mountain.

Smaug is the dragon of the Lonely Mountain who hordes the treasure he stole.

Gollum is a slimy creature that was born a Hobbit but had the ring too
long; this is the character that Bilbo steals the ring from. Bard is the
archer that kills Smaug. Bilbo is the main character of the story and also
the narrator.

The main conflict of the story line is

Bilbo vs. Himself. Bilbo has to overcome his fears of dragons and other
creatures in order to carry out his part of the mission. Another conflict
is the whole party vs. Smaug. The party of dwarves along with Bilbo and

Gandalf, have to be able to destroy the dragon in order to claim their
so deserved treasure. Bilbo completes this task by finding the dragonís
weak spot and relaying the location to an archer in Lake Town. Both of
these conflicts are won by the end of the story.

The book begins with Bilbo enjoying a pipe
after breakfast. This is one of his favorite pleasures and he feels quite
content in doing so. As Bilbo smokes his pipe, Gandalf stops by to have
a chat with Bilbo. He informs Bilbo that he is looking for someone to go
on an adventure with him. Although Bilbo is tempted to accept the offer,
he declines. Before Gandalf leaves Bilbo decides to invite him for tea
the next morning. The next morning instead of the wizard at the door, there
is a group of dwarves... thirteen in all. Bilbo is astounded! They are
all very rude; they enter Bilboís burrow in groups of twos. The dwarfs
outline a plan on how to regain the treasure that is rightfully their own
but has been stolen by the evil dragon Smaug. Bilbo is astounded to notice
that he is in the plans. The dwarves plan to use Bilbo to steal the treasure
from Smaug. After a lot of arguing and convincing, Bilbo decides to join
in the dwarvesí quest. Gandalf gives the party a key and a map of their
journey which ends at the Lonely Mountain. It is there that the treasures
of Thorin\'s ancestors are kept-guarded by Smaug.

The quest begins when the party meets at
the Green Dragon Inn. From there they venture into the Lone-lands. As heavy
rains begin to fall, Bilbo notices that Gandalf is missing. This is something
that is later on considered to be normal because Gandalf comes and goes
throughout the duration of the trip. All through the quest Bilbo ends up
saving the party from many dangerous situations. This is something that
at first Bilbo finds hard to believe because he has very low self-esteem.

The party gets into many jams during the trip, but they always escape them
through the help of Bilbo and some times Gandalf. Some of these jams are:
getting caught by trolls, getting captured by goblins, being attacked by
large wolves called Wargs, one of the dwarves falls into a coma from touching
black water in the Mirkwood Forest, near starvation, being captured by
large spiders and being captured by wood elves. Although this is all