There are some books that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime, and I would argue that J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ is one of them being, arguably, one of the best loved children’s books of all time.
Tolkien’s classic tale of Bilbo Baggins, a peace-loving hobbit who embarks on a strange and magical adventure, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, and – following the phenomenal success of the Lord of the Rings trilogy – The Hobbit will also be released as a movie this December starring Martin Freeman (a man who was surely born to play a hobbit one day). Such is the hype surrounding the movie release that I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the most dedicated fans have already pitched their tents outside The Odeon in Leicester Square for the premiere.
Nevertheless, the movie would not exist at all without the book and, quite rightly, the publishers, Harper Collins Children’s Books, are encouraging parents to encourage their children to read the book, before they see the movie. Without wishing to sound like an old fart, it is all too easy ‘nowadays’ for our children to see heroes and villiains in mesmerising 3D on the big screen, without ever having imagined what these characters, or the worlds they inhabit, may look like for themselves.
I think there is something very special about reading a book such as The Hobbit; allowing your children to imagine the worlds, characters and creatures which Tolkien so brilliantly describes. I, for one, am all for giving them the joy of the words and the story first, before they see it all brought to life under Peter Jackson’s direction.
If you thought that The Hobbit wouldn’t be for you (or your kids), think again. I only read it after the Lord of the Rings trilogy movies, and I loved it. For anyone who has enjoyed the Harry Potter books (and let’s face it, we all did), then I would absolutely encourage you to read The Hobbit which is far superior (sorry J. K Rowling, but it is).
About the book
Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services – as a burglar – on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo’s life is never to be the same again…
You see – you already want to read it!
Now, be off with you. I haven’t had my second breakfast yet and it’s almost time for lunch.