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Cannonball Read V: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

By JoeMyJoe | Book Reviews | November 4, 2013 | Comments ()


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(JoeMyJoe is one of our junior Cannonballers. He is seven years old, and this is his fourth Cannonball Read review this year. How old were you when you first read The Hobbit? What did you think of it then? Leave a comment to encourage our young reader! —mswas)

My dad just read The Hobbit to us, and I really liked it.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who lives in The Shire, a nice green part of Middle Earth. He likes to eat, smoke his pipe, read his books, and relax. And then one day, a wizard named Gandalf comes to his house and invites him to go on an adventure. Bilbo says NO, because he likes his life and isn’t interested in changing it. Later, 13 dwarves come to his house, thinking Bilbo is going on this adventure with them. They eat a LOT. Bilbo tells them NO, but the next morning changes his mind and runs after them.

The adventure is that the dwarves are trying to find their old home, the city under the mountains (Dale), and the treasure that is there. The city was destroyed 60 years ago by Smaug, the ferocious dragon.

The hobbit, wizard, and dwarves set out and meet good people (Elrond and his elves, and shapeshifters) and bad (goblins, orcs, and wargs). They get attacked by goblins and giant spiders. Bilbo finds a magical ring (and a weird creature named Gollum) that makes him invisible when he wears it.

They are a brave bunch with a lot of courage. When Smaug is finally dead, they find their way into the mountain to get the gold and treasure.

My favorite part was the scenes with Bilbo and Gollum talking in riddles about his “precious” ring.

Bilbo, who started out as a quiet little hobbit, became a brave hero. He brought some of the treasure back home to the Shire (only about 2 small chests of treasure, not 1/14th of the gold as he originally said he would take)! He lived a long and happy life, and eventually told his nephew Frodo all about his adventures.

We watched the first movie this weekend, but I liked the book better.

This review is part of the volunteer Cannonball Read V. Read all about it , and find more of JoeMyJoe’s reviews on the group blog.

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  • theKelz

    I think I was about 5 when I first read the LotR trilogy. The Hobbit was by far my favorite. I've re-read it so many times, and it's never lost it's luster.
    Lets hope the stretching of it doesn't tarnish the epic tale too terribly.
    (Great review JoeMyJoe!)

  • llp

    Good review JoeMyJoe! I love this book and was about 10 when I read it. I love the elves - I still think it would be so cool if I were an elf.

  • The Mama

    Great review!
    (And the book is always better than the movie!)

  • DarthCorleone

    Great review! I read The Hobbit for the first time when I was about your age, and I loved it. "Riddles In The Dark" is my favorite chapter too.

    I agree the new movie wasn't that great, and the second movie looks even more unnecessarily bloated judging by the trailer. However, I do recommend the NPR Mind's Eye radio drama adaptation, if you have the chance to check it out. (I never listened to the BBC version; I'm not sure which of the two is better, but I know the Mind's Eye rendition is good.)

  • Austie

    This is great! It's also the total opposite of what my review would have been if my parents had read it to me: Sassy 7 year old girl voice "My dad read a book to me about a hobbit, but there's no such thing as a hobbit. There were also dwarfs and wizards but there is no such thing as those either. Only a human is capable of talking." I was an... unusual child. I still remember my mom trying in vain to explain the concept of fantasy after watching the Little Mermaid because I thought the whole concept of a mermaid was bullshit. I loved Muppets though. They were puppets controlled by people so that made sense to me.
    I'm about to have one of my own and have a feeling that the universe is going to repay me with an equally smart-ass kid.

  • Julie Chase

    This was an excellent review, Joe. I read this when I was much older than you (I was 15), but I loved it as well. Trying to solve Gollum's riddles along with Bilbo was definitely one of my favorite parts.

  • bonnie

    Great review! I just re-read the Hobbit when the movie came out, and I agree with you. The book is much better.

  • Captain_Tuttle

    Great review! I completely missed out on The Hobbit and all the other books until I was an adult. Now I re-read them all the time. I agree with you about the movie, but I'm sure we'll head to the theater for #2.

  • karen

    Hey JoeMyJoe - My son is 8 and I would love to read this to him, but he really doesn't like scary things or books that have lots of death in them. It has been YEARS since I read the Hobbit - were there lots of scary parts? Thanks & Great review!!!

  • Scootsa1000

    Karen, Joemyjoe says that he didn't think it was scary at all. More "adventurous" and "exciting" but not scary. He says there is only a little death, which was sad, but that the remaining heroes do a good job of remembering their friends. He says to go for it!! Thanks!

  • Jiffylush

    Great review JoeMyJoe, I really liked it.

    I read The Hobbit to my kids when they were around this age. They both loved the book and it was wonderful to share that with them. Of course we saw the movie and we all liked it but it paled in comparison to that time we shared reading at night before bed.

  • lonolove

    I missed out on this book when I was younger, but read it for the first time in my teens. I have read it several times since then, and I hope you continue to find enjoyment in it as you get older as well!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I love the woodblock Tolkien designs. They are just lovely. That is all.

  • BWeaves

    Yes. I bought a book of Tokien's artwork. He's basically at the same level of artist that I am, crap beginner and master doodler, but I love to copy his style.

  • 'We watched the first movie this weekend, but I liked the book better.'

    Smart kid.

  • Joey.blowey

    Usually a movie adaptation has to cut material from the book.......

  • Fabius_Maximus

    In this case, the movies are (going to be) a bloated mess, as Jackson is stretching the plot of the book very thin and adds stuff from Tolkien's other works (although I am in favour of the latter).

  • BWeaves

    Agreed!

    JoeMyJoe, you are an excellent reviewer and a voracious reader. Keep up the good work!

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