The Hobbit was published in 1937; by English author J.R.R Tolkien has created a world that will be talked about generations to come. Who you haven’t heard of The Hobbit or Lord of the Rings books than I may dare say you have been living under a rock.
“It was written for children that the author knew (in this case his own four children) and then inevitably found a larger audience,” said Anne T. Eaton in The New York Times.
The books define fantasy in whole different spectrum. Tolkien has created a different language (Quenya), mythical creatures and a fandom that is very dedicated. Personally, I have only read The Hobbit, although I had watched the LOTR movies before the book. I love the lyrical and poetic writing style.
The main character is Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit that is perfectly comfortable in the quite land the Shire where it is very isolated from the other regions of Middle-earth. Hobbits are known to be unadventurous, living a simple farm life, and don’t really have ambition for anything greater.
“Hobbits are (or were) a small people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves. Hobbits have no beards. There is little or no magic about them except the ordinary everyday sort, which helps them to disappear quietly and quickly when large stupid folk like you and me come blundering along, making a noise like elephants, which they can hear a mile off,” wrote Tolkien in first chapter of The Hobbit.
Baggins changes this stereotype by joining the adventure that is presented to him by Gandalf the Grey a great wizard. He is persuaded to become the thief in the journey to help the dwarves take back their lands.
Throughout the journey he learns the history of the other fey. Some literature elements are the hero’s journey, humorous tone, and the rhyming of words that led the characters to sing.
The book was adapted into a movie after the great success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
“The five Tolkien films accumulated $4.8 billion at the worldwide box office and spawned merchandise, DVDs and ancillary sales ranging from international TV to Legos worth, conservatively, an estimated $500 million, including sale of the first trilogy in 2002 to Turner/TBS/the WB for $150 million for 10 years of showings,” wrote Senior Film and Media Reporter, Brent Lang for Variety.