The Hobbit

I finished reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. It is the first book (or prequel) of the Middle Earth book series. I did see all three movies that were based on the book.

Big Warning: there is a lot of violence.

In the book, Gandalf The Gray goes to visit Bilbo. He tells him that he wants him to go on an adventure with him. Bilbo doesn’t want to go. Gandalf makes sure he goes by putting a secret sign on his door. Then 13 dwarves arrive with the hope that Bilbo will go with them on the adventure. The adventure is to take back their homeland and gold from the dragon. Bilbo doesn’t want to at first and then he agrees to go. On their journey, Bilbo finds the One Ring and has a riddle game with Gollum. Then when they do make it to the dragon, they end up releasing the dragon on Lake Town. Bard does kill the dragon. Bilbo does find and takes the Arkenstone.

Note: I don’t like the dwarves. Thorin says he is king, but he doesn’t act like it in the book. Bilbo is the one in charge when they get to the mountain.

The differences between the three movies and the book:

  1. Bilbo finds the ring on the ground and Gollum isn’t around him when he finds it in the book.
  2. There is no love interest between the elf and the dwarf in the book. Kili doesn’t get hurt.
  3. Bard doesn’t help them into Lake Town. They are still in the barrels when they make it to Lake Town.
  4. Like I said Thorin doesn’t take charge when they in the mountain in the book.
  5. Bard is leader of the archers before he kills the dragon.
  6. The orcs don’t chase them in the book. 

I did like this book. I’m listening next to The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I’m waiting on The Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien. It’s on hold.