We all know The Hobbit as the prequel to Lord of the Rings. The films and the books are known to most people, whether they like them or not. There are the diehard fans who believe them to be the most epic movies in existence. Then there are people like me who find it hard to stay awake through one, let alone three films. The thought of trying to read the books is almost painful.
But The Hobbit is a completely different thing all together. It is the story of Bilbo Baggins, and his adventures helping the dwarves, led by Thorin, to reclaim their lost treasure from the dragon. Gandalf pops in and out to assist, after all it was him who tricked Bilbo into helping the dwarves as their ‘burglar’ in the first place.
After watching the first film, the first thing I noticed was that it is a lot brighter, with a lighter storyline. It’s just a long as Lord of the Rings (with two more films to go), but I didn’t feel myself falling asleep once. I can’t wait for the next film. Not only that, it inspired me to read the book.
From the beginning The Hobbit sucks you into JRR Tolkien’s world. You can feel how much time has been put into creating the characters, creatures and landscapes. The book is descriptive, without being boring.
As you learn about each character, you can see how well they were thought out and want to follow their story. Although, Bilbo Baggins is the main character, you also get an insight into the other characters.
The addition of the songs of the different creatures brings them to life even more. You can almost see the elves hiding amongst the trees making up their little rhymes.
The storyline flows seamlessly, as if it were playing in your head. If any book should be described as a classic, it’s this one. Fans of the book may see this as an obvious statement. But sometimes classics can seem outdated and irrelevant now. This is definitely not the case with this book. It’s very hard to find critique in it. In fact its hard to get across how good this book is without actually reading it to someone.
There are already some differences between the films and the book. But so far they have done quite well to capture the story. As usual, the book is better than the film. But that doesn’t mean the film is bad in this instance. The book is so well written that your mind is able to create the pictures better than any film could.
So if Lord of the Rings put you off the thought of reading a book by JRR Tolkien, you should definitely try The Hobbit. It is a completely different experience. There’s a reason it is a bestseller.