by Summer Lane
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit…it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort,” J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit
Thus begins an epic adventure that will unite a company of dwarves, one fantastical wizard and one hesitant yet stalwart hobbit as they travel across a magical place called Middle Earth. What are they searching for? Treasure, of course! But to reach the treasure, our friends will brave trolls, and maybe even a dragon.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpiece trilogy, The Lord of the Rings was–and still is–one of the bestselling series of all time. The prequel to those books, The Hobbit, tells the story of Frodo’s Uncle Bilbo, and his adventures with Gandalf the wizard and a friendly group of Dwarves as they roam around Middle Earth trying to track down a dragon’s treasure. I recently began reading the book out loud to my younger brother because the movie version is going to be released in December. Simply put, people just don’t write like this anymore. You have in The Hobbit a role model in all of the main characters, who represent the forces of good, and the opposite in the dragon and Gollum, who represent evil. There is no blurring lines here. Loyalty, companionship, loss, and friendship are all themes woven throughout the book that make The Hobbit so incredible. Because it has substance, it is touching. Because it has a strong story, it is classic. Because it is brilliant, it is timeless.
The Hobbit takes us all to a magical, beautiful land that we all wish existed, and in doing so, makes our world a little brighter in the process.
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