Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Peer Book Review: The Hobbit

Original Paul’s Review:
Bilbo Baggins lives a nice life in his hobbit-hole in the bag end of the town of Shire. His idea of an adventure was going to his pantry or into town. That is, until a company of 13 dwarves and a wizard show up at his door at tea time one day. They have come looking for a 14th member for their quest to rescue their treasure from a dragon lost over half a century ago. Along the way they find an adventure in an adventure. They encounter creatures that you could never imagine, though some you may have heard of but you chose not to believe their existence. 

I suggest this book to read because it is a very good entrance to the Lord of the Rings saga because it explains how Bilbo got the ring and how the adventure started. I give this book an 8/10. While it was very fun and exiting to read it was somewhat difficult to read to at the same time. J.R.R. Tolkien was very descriptive and in depth about how Bilbo’s life had turned around in just a couple of months. The author also went in depth in how all the creatures that he met on his journey. They went in depth how they looked and how they spoke. Although I rated the book 8/10 it is very descriptive, adventures, action, and fantasy all rolled into 1 amazing book that I say is a must read if you want to read the Lord of the Rings books.

I thought that this review was pretty good, but I do have lots of disagreements. First off, what happened to everyone else? All I know is that there are 13 dwarves, a wizard, and Bilbo Baggins. Last time I checked there were 12 dwarves and a wizard, 13. That is the whole reason that they recruited Bilbo; they thought 13 was an unlucky number and they wanted 14. Also, I would probably name at least some of the dwarves (Fili, Kili, Oin, Gloin, Thorin Oakenshield, Dwalin, Balin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Dori, Nori, and Ori. The two youngest are Fili and Kili). Also, I don’t really understand the phrase “an adventure in an adventure.” They go on one adventure and try to find the treasure of Smaug… There is no second adventure (what is this, Inception?) I do like Paul’s description of Bilbo Baggins, how an adventure means going to the pantry, and this remains true for the entire story. I also don’t understand how it is “fun and exiting to read” and “difficult to read?” I don’t know… I thought that it was easy to read, and enjoyed the occasional illustration. I didn’t really see a theme… but a theme that I would give this story is “adventure is waiting, you just have to find it.” This is because Bilbo was really quiet and would never go on an adventure. He found adventure by joining Thorin and Company. Anyway, I thought Paul’s review was pretty good, and I was pleased to re-review it.

Bilbo Baggins was just an ordinary hobbit. Nothing special. He lived in a nice, cozy hobbit-hole, and his greatest daily achievement would be making a tea. He never imagined that he would embark on an epic adventure. But, when the wizard Gandalf the Grey, and 12 other dwarves led by the famous Thorin Oakenshield show up on his doorstep, his dreams become reality. Bilbo embarks on a great adventure to defeat the wicked dragon, Smaug, the antagonist of the story, as well as Thorin’s greatest rival. Poor Bilbo Baggins and his friends encounter many challenges on the way such as goblins, giants, and more to make this the adventure of a lifetime.


  1. Joel, I liked how you thought about the reasons and facts about the book by the numbers of the dwarves wizards and bilbo. That shows that you were not only attentive by charismatic in reading the book. I like how you referenced this book to your imagination and showed great enthusiasm will writing it. Over all great review and i cant wait to see your next posts!

  2. I thought that was a great "conversation" between you and Paul. Maybe I can learn from it...
    So anyways, did you think the book was well converted into the movie? I haven't seen the movie so I wouldn't know...

    1. Yes, it was pretty good... Except for the THREE DIFFERENT PARTS... Still good though...

  3. Good attention to detail Joel. Although I haven't read this book in many years, some of your comments brought the adventure all back.