Bilbo Baggins, of the Bag’s End Bagginses, is minding his own business when Gandalf the Grey comes to visit. As a flustered Bilbo invites Gandalf to tea the plotting wizard marks his door with a symbol: “Burglar wants a good job, plenty of excitement and reasonable reward”.
Soon 13 dwarfs arrive at the house talking of their treasure hunting endeavor and crashing on Bilbo’s obligatory hospitality. As the night wears on Gandalf pulls out a map and arranges the job on Bilbo’s (fairly) stunned behalf to help break the bad luck of the number 13.
The goal: find the secret passage to the Lonely Mountian, send their thief in to assess and steal what he can, then go and kill Smaug the Dragon to steal the rest of the riches that he hoards in his lair.
After nearly missing the start of the journey Bilbo is off with the dwarfs on an epic adventure of danger, intrigue, treasure and, most of all, more excitement than any Hobbit could imagine in even their wildest dreams.
-Genre: Epic Fantasy
-Author: JRR Tolkien
-Number of Pages: 310
-Main Characters: Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, Thorin Oakenshield, Gloin, Oin, Ori, Nori, Dori, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Smaug
-Where to Read: support local booksellers (many can order items that may not be in stock) or look for it at your local library!
-Page of Reference in RP1/RP2: 62/
Review (contains spoilers):
I have such very fond memories of this book, unlike the other books in the Lord of the Rings. My dad used to read this, chapter by chapter, to my brother and I as a bedtime story. Re-reading this book was just a delight.
This story was full of action and adventure…not nearly as much description of the world as his other books. Tolkien was absolutely on his game with this one.
I think this is a great book to share with your kids. It has some violence and some slightly scary parts with attacks by orcs and of course the dragon. But overall, it’s a wonderful way to introduce your children into the fantasy genre. Even though I didn’t go on to enjoy other epic adult fantasy…or the rest of the Lord of the Rings books… it did solidify my love of fantasy as a genre.